Sarah Wise
   
 
‘A haunting blend of scholarship and period empathy:’ Iain Sinclair, Daily Telegraph

‘The least smug and self-congratulatory book ever written on 19th-century slum life:’ Matthew Sweet, Sunday Times

Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Hear my talk at the Museum of London here ow.ly/ZR0Jm
  ‘This is a book about the nature of London itself:’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times

‘A brilliant social history:’ Robert Peston, Daily Telegraph

‘This engrossing work shines a light not only on a turbulent period of London’s history but on humanity itself. Only the best histories can claim as much:’ Clare Clark, The Guardian

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize

Hear my interview with BBC History Magazine here ow.ly/ZQZ6n
  ‘Deeply researched and gripping...Much of it is also hilarious:’ AN Wilson, Mail on Sunday

‘She has the true social historian’s ability to make her period come alive:’ Dr Anthony Daniels, The Spectator

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize

Hear my interview on BBC Radio
4
’s All In The Mind here

and on Little Atoms radio here ow.ly/NGqPc


Twitter
You can find me on Twitter here @MissSarahWise


Talks

I’ll be conducting an all-day Inner Circle Seminar (part of Anthony Stadlen’s ‘Locked Up’ seminar series) on Sunday 9 October 2016, 10am to 5pm. I'll explore the case of Rosina Bulwer Lytton, and its impact on 19th-century mental health administration. Central London. Rather pricey (soz). Full details here
http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/locked-up-patients-and-theirgaolers-13.html

I’ll be talking about late-19th-century East London poverty at the 2016 Write Idea Festival at 5.30pm on Saturday 12 November in Whitechapel. http://writeideafestival.org/

On Wednesday 7 December I’ll be speaking as part of the Charles Booth commemorations at the London School of Economics. Free. My talk, ‘Streets Coloured Black and Blue’, explores the use I made of the Booth notebooks for my book The Blackest Streets. Full details shortly



Courses

Rachel Lichtenstein and I are teaching at the Arvon Foundation, 22-27 August 2016. Our course is called Unlocking The Archives to Write the People’s History. Find out more at http://www.arvon.org/course/non-fiction-2/

 


Recent Journalism

● I’ve just posted an essay about Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent on the London Fictions site http://www.londonfictions.com/joseph-conrad-the-secret-agent.html

● My latest post on the Psychology Today site is about whether the Victorian asylum allowed the wealthy to evade justice ow.ly/MWen3

Other Psychology Today posts consider the earliest days of Broadmoor Hospital/Asylum for the Criminally Insane;
Charlotte Bronte and Bertha Mason;
Victorian wives who had sane husbands certified as lunatics;
Wilkie Collins’s novel The Woman in White(1860);
the UK’s past and current mistreatment of the mentally ill;
how religious enthusiasm could lead to an accusation of lunacy;
and the Victorian diagnosis ‘monomania’.