Amanda Field, author of England's Secret Weapon, is a film historian who specialises in the classic 'studio era' of Hollywood. She studied art history at Winchester School of Art and took her Masters in Film Studies at the University of Southampton, where she completed her doctorate in 2009. Before embarking on academic study, she had a long career in corporate communications producing publications for blue-chip organisations including IBM, Vodafone, The Science Museum and British Gas.
For five years she was a volunteer at Portsmouth Museum where she helped catalogue the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes material, the Richard Lancelyn Green Collection, uncovering much original source material which was then used in her book.
England's Secret Weapon won the 2010 Howlett Literary Prize from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, of which Amanda is a member.
She contributed a chapter to the book Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: Multi-Media Afterlives (published by Palgrave Macmillan, November 2012, and edited by Catherine Wynne and Sabine Vanacker) on how the figure of Sherlock Holmes has been used to advertise everything from car tyres to bank accounts.
She is currently researching boxing films of the 1930s, 40s and 50s for Chaplin Books, to be published under the title Sucker Punch in 2013.