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She is the author of ten books, many of which are about lesbian artists and writers; she has also written two books about small islands (Selkirk’s Island and Coconut Chaos).
Gluck, a biography of the painter Gluck (Hannah Gluckstein).
The Trials of Radclyffe Hall won the Lambda Literary Award for Biography and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Selkirk’s Island, an account of Alexander Selkirk’s years as a castaway on Isla Más a Tierra (now better known as Robinson Crusoe Island) in the Juan Fernández archipelago, won the 2001 Whitbread Book Award in the Biography category.
Edith Cavell, a biography of the nurse who was executed for her role in the smuggling of allied soldiers out of Belgium during the First World War.
Murder at Wrotham Hill is an account of the 1946 murder of Dagmar Petrzywalski and the subsequent investigation and prosecution of the crime.
- Gluck. 1988. ISBN 978 0863582363.
- Gertrude and Alice. 1992. ISBN 9781848851481.
- Greta and Cecil. 1994. ISBN 9780297643647.
- Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter. 1996. ISBN 9780002556453.
- The Trials of Radclyffe Hall. 1998. ISBN 9780297818250.
- Selkirk’s Island. 2001. ISBN 9780297643852.
- Wild Girls. 2004. ISBN 9780297643869.
- Coconut Chaos. 2008. ISBN 9780753823675.
- Edith Cavell. 2010. ISBN 9781849163613.
- Murder at Wrotham Hill. 2012. ISBN 9780857382832.