Dr Sara Read

Dr Sara Read

Academic, Novelist, Grandma, Dog Walker

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Maladies and Medicine

Maladies and Medicine

Health and Healing in History

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Welcome to my website. Thanks for stopping by. Make yourself at home. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to comment under my posts, of pop over to Twitter @saralread

I am an academic specialising in the cultural representations of the reproductive body in the early modern period. I am a novelist and my debut, The Gossips’ Choice was published in spring 2020, and its sequel will be published in spring 2022.

I also publish popular histories mainly connected with early modern England. Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women’s Lives, 1540-1740 came out in 2015, with Maladies and Medicines: Exploring Health and Healing in Early Modern England following in 2017. I have published articles for Discover Your Ancestors, History Today, Staffordshire Life, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Your Family History and others both in the UK and overseas.

I am also an academic and work as a lecturer in English at Loughborough University, in the Midlands. You can read about the day job here. At Loughborough, I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. If you have an idea for a PhD topic in a field related to mine, do get in touch!

I also a contributing editor at the blog Early Modern Medicine alongside founding editor Dr Jennifer Evans.

Our home is filled with both an excitable cockapoo and a three-year-old grandchild, so it is never dull.

I’ll try and post a bit more regularly than I have been, Sara x

A picture of Sara Read
Dr Sara Read.

The photo was taken in St John’s Church, Beeston.

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