Nina Boyd is the author of two biographies, a mystery series, and an award-winning poetry collection. She says:
I became fascinated by Mary Sophia Allen when I found a photograph of this extraordinary woman on a postcard in the Ripon Police and Prison Museum. Mary's story, "From Suffragette to Fascist: the many lives of Mary Sophia Allen" (History Press, 2013) was the result.
My latest book is "Animal Rights and Public Wrongs: a biography of Lizzy Lind af Hageby".
This is the first biography of Lizzy Lind af Hageby, a unique study of an engaging and humanitarian woman who had an enormous influence on the cause of animal rights all over the world. Lizzy Lind af Hageby was a wealthy Swedish philanthropist who took British citizenship and became an influential Edwardian antivivisectionist. With her lifelong friend, Leisa Schartau, she exposed the practices in medical school laboratories in the sensation book The Shambles of Science. A prolific author and lecturer on topics ranging from music and vegetarianism to spiritualism and talking animals, she and a tight-knit group of lifelong friends transformed the way non-human animals are treated in laboratories, farming and transport.
The Ethel and Amelia Mysteries are set in Edwardian Huddersfield, and feature a milliner and her story-writing friend, who uncover mysteries with the help of Ethel's sweetheart, PC Fred Clough.
I was born in the south of England, but have lived in Yorkshire for most of my life. I have worked variously as a mother, nurse and indexer, and now write full-time. In 2009 I was the overall winner of the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition with my first poetry collection, Dear Mr Asquith (Smith Doorstop, 2010). I have a degree in English from Leeds University and a Diploma in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. I live with my husband, John Bosley, who is also a writer.
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