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Plague Women and The Handmaid’s Tale

15 June 2017

“We go everywhere in twos. It’s supposed to be for our protection. For companionship. It’s bullshit, there are no friends here. Can’t be. The truth is we’re...

Podcast: The Raid on the Medway

13 June 2017

Here’s the link to my recent History Hit podcast about the turbulent 1660s and the Medway Raid of 1667: http://www.historyhitpodcast.com/raid-on-the-medway-rebecca-rideal/

The Great Fire of London is a lesson for us in how to cope with disaster

13 June 2017

My piece for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/01/refugee-crisis-race-hate-crimes-london-great-fire  

Hilary Mantel was right – some academics dislike novelists. But why?

1 June 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/29/hilary-mantel-right-historians-dislike-novelists