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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I don’t normally write about personal family things, but since I have ‘grandmother’ in my bio for this blog, I thought it was high time I introduced you to our granddaughter. She was three this month. The Gossips’ Choice was dedicated to my daughter who became a new mother in the same year the novel, […]

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In the era since the Brexit referendum and other political upheavals home and abroad, the phrase fake news is seldom out of earshot. Yet is is nothing new. In this video, filmed on site at the National Civil War Centre in Newark, we explore the fake stories published in the 1640s that Father Christmas had […]

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How women and the moon intertwine in literature This is a republication of my co-authored article published by The Conversation on 18.07.19 read the original here. Sara Read, Loughborough University and Catie Gill, Loughborough University In the late 17th century, the female English playwright Aphra Behn wrote a smash hit play about a man obsessed […]

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In the festive episode of Loughborough University’s School of Poetry Podcast, I was invited to chat about festive verse with presenter Dr Oliver Tearle and Dr Barbara Cooke. For the ‘So bad it’s good’ segment, I picked a history in verse written during the English Civil Wars era. The poem is not primarily about Christmas […]

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I was delighted to be asked back to Andrea Zuvich’s ‘The Seventeenth Century Lady’ blog for a short chat about anachronisms and bloopers in works of historical fiction. You can read our conversation here. Andrea’s latest book A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain (2016) is available to buy in hardback or on Kindle

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