Judith Flanders

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Judith Flanders (born 1959) is a historian, journalist and author, who has settled in London, England. Her writings centre on the Victorian period.

Early life[edit]

Flanders was born to Jewish parents in London, England.[1] She spent her childhood in Montreal, Canada, apart from a year in Israel in 1972. She moved to Britain after university, and worked as an editor for various London publishers.

Her experiences have been satirized in a crime novel, Writers' Block (2014), retitled A Murder of Magpies (2015).[2]


As an author, Flanders concentrates on the Victorian period. Her book, A Circle of Sisters followed the lives of four female siblings and The Invention of Murder investigated crime of the era.[3][4] Recently she has served as a narrator, historian, and advisor for the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed Syndicate.[5]

Flanders also writes as an arts critic, on books, dance, art, and recently video games. Her work has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement.[6]

Selected works[edit]


  • Funnell, Peter; Flanders, Judith; National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain) (1996), Victorian Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, National Portrait Gallery, ISBN 978-1-85514-208-4
  • Flanders, Judith (2001), A Circle of Sisters : Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin, Viking, ISBN 978-0-670-88673-9
  • Flanders, Judith (2003), The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed, HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-713188-7; in the USA as: Flanders, Judith (2004), Inside the Victorian Home: a portrait of domestic life in Victorian England, W. W. Norton, ISBN 978-0-393-05209-1[7]
  • Flanders, Judith (2006), Consuming Passions: leisure and pleasure in Victorian Britain, HarperPress, ISBN 0-00-717295-8[8]
  • Flanders, Judith (2011), The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime, HarperPress, ISBN 0-00-724888-1[9]
  • Flanders, Judith (2012), The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London, Atlantic Books, ISBN 1-84887-795-1[10]
  • Flanders, Judith (2014),The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes, Atlantic Books
  • Flanders, Judith (2017), Christmas: A Biography, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250118349

Sam Clair Novels[edit]

  • Flanders, Judith (2014), Writers' Block, Allison and Busby, ISBN 978-0749015237; published in the USA as (2015) A Murder of Magpies, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250056450
  • Flanders, Judith (2015), A Bed of Scorpions, Allison and Busby
  • Flanders, Judith (2017), A Cast of Vultures, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250087829


  1. ^ Own website: Retrieved 29 March 2016. Archived 19 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Own website: Retrieved 30 October 2011. Archived 19 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Douglas, Robert (2011-01-11). "The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders: review". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  4. ^ Foreman, Amanda (8 May 2005). "'A Circle of Sisters': Eminent Victorians". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  5. ^ "Assassin's Creed Syndicate Historical Characters Trailer [US]". Ubisoft. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ Judith Flanders (2010-03-24). "Judith Flanders from HarperCollins Publishers". Harpercollins.ca. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  7. ^ Book peeks into domestic lives of Victorians, The Tuscaloosa News, 1 August 2004, retrieved 2011-05-27
  8. ^ Marsh, Jan (22 September 2006). "How Brits got hooked on sport, shows and shops". The Independent.
  9. ^ "The Invention Of Murder by Judith Flanders reviewed by Jonathan Barnes - TLS". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  10. ^ "The Victorian City by Judith Flanders reviewed by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst - Sunday Telegraph". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-04.