My writing focuses on the relationship between twentieth-century art and literature, principally now on the Bloomsbury group.
My novel Talland House was shortlisted for the Impress Prize, Fresher Fiction Prize (as Who Killed Mrs. Ramsay?) Retreat West Prize and Eyelands Prize and longlisted by the Historical Writers Association. The heroine is Lily Briscoe from Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Set between 1900 and 1919 in picturesque Cornwall and war-blasted London, Talland House depicts Lily’s emotional journey in becoming a professional artist: her loves and friendships, mourning her dead mother, and solving the mystery of Mrs Ramsay’s sudden death. Talland House was one of the Washington Independent Review of Books ‘51 Favorite Books of 2020′. 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction (post 1900s). 2021 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List.
My new novel about Gwen John the artist is Radical Woman Gwen John & Rodin, EER http://www.eerpublishing.com/humm-radical-woman-gwen-john—rodin.html Finalist Page Turner Awards 2022
‘Cult Love’ was ‘Highly Commended’ by the National Association of Writers’ Groups, and ‘Love in Confinement’, Fairlight Books https://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/short_stories/love-in-confinement/
Academic books include Border Traffic, The Dictionary of Feminist Theory (the first edition of which was named ‘outstanding academic book of 1990’ by Choice), the best-selling Modern Feminisms, Feminism and Film, Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema, EUP, Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, Rutgers UP, and editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, EUP. Radical Space (co-ed.) D. Shaw, Rowman & Littlefield.