I read history at York and also completed my doctorate there. After lecturing for some years in various universities in New York, I moved to the corporate world on my return to the UK, working in public relations. Eventually I went back to my roots as an historian and have published four non-fiction books since 2007, three on the sixteenth century, though my most recent has taken me forward into the period of the Civil Wars. I enjoyed writing about the Tudors but feel that what appears to be a never-ending obsession with them overlooks the importance of other aspects of our history. I also feel strongly that historians should resist the temptation to try and 'sell' their discipline by claiming that people in the past were just like us. They were not. Surely history is interesting precisely because it is different from the way we live now? I enjoy talking about my books and discussing a wide range of historical topics.