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Wendy Moore

Non-fiction writer
British Library

Wendy Moore is a freelance journalist and author of three non-fiction books which all relate true stories from the 18th century for a popular audience. Her first book The Knife Man: blood, body-snatching and the birth of modern surgery (Bantam, 2005) won the Medical Journalists’ Association consumer book award and was shortlisted for the Saltire award and the Marsh biography award. Her second book Wedlock:  how Georgian Britain’s worst husband met his match (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009) was selected for Channel 4’s TV Book Club in 2010 and reached No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. Her third book How to Create the Perfect Wife: Georgian Britain’s most ineligible bachelor and his quest to cultivate the ideal woman (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013) has been widely acclaimed in reviews. Her first two books have been optioned for television.

As a freelance journalist, specialising in medical issues, Wendy has written for most national newspapers including the Times, Guardian, Observer and Sunday Telegraph, as well as for magazines such as the British Medical Journal and History Today. She has a diploma in the history of medicine and writes regularly on medical history. She is working on a first novel set in the 18th century and a fourth non-fiction book based on a true story from the early 19th century. She lives in London with her husband, also a journalist, and two children, Sam and Susie.

Wendy Moore


British Library 2021
British Library 2019/20
University of East London 2012-14
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