20th Century

Women's suffrage, World Wars and more technological developments than you can poke a stick at. This was a busy, fraught and sad time for many, but there were joyous occasions too.


Alex Gerlis

Alex Gerlis was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He worked for the BBC as a journalist for nearly thirty years, starting out as a researcher on a three month contract on Panorama and ending his career there as Head of Training in the BBC College of Journalism.


He left the BBC in 2011 to concentrate on his writing, since when he has seen four of his novels published.


He lives in west London with his wife and has two daughters and two grandsons, even though he is obviously not old enough to be a grandfather.


Alex has all the usual hobbies and interests one expects and carries the burden of supporting Grimsby Town. He first saw them in February 1968 when they beat Bristol Rovers 3-2, not realising at the time that would be the high point of his supporting the Mariners..


Pam Lecky

Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author, with a great love of historical mystery and crime. She is represented by the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency. From an early age, Pam had a particular fascination with all things historical, from food and clothes to architecture and social history.


Patiently awaiting the invention of time travel, she must be content with giving her novels a historical setting instead. Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016, and longlisted for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award.


Pam’s Victorian Lucy Lawrence Mystery Series is extremely popular in the US market. Pam’s next two novels were inspired by her local and family history, and she is delighted to have found a home for them at Avon Books UK, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Pam also writes historical mysteries. 

Douglas Jackson

Douglas Jackson is the author of mainly Roman historical novels, such as Caligula and Claudius and the Hero of Rome series, and historical action and adventure thrillers under the name, James Douglas. Recently, he has recently turned his attention to WWII crime novels.

He was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders in the summer of 1956 and educated at Parkside Primary School and Jedburgh Grammar School. He left three weeks before his 16th birthday with six O levels and no idea what he was going to do with the rest of his life. Luckily, a friend worked in the local employment office and got him a place on a Youth Opportunities Scheme.

It turned out to be restoring a Roman marching camp at Pennymuir in the Cheviot Hills and he had a wonderful summer turning turf and dreaming of Romans. Later, he joined his local paper and for the next 36 years worked in local and national newspapers in Scotland, including the Daily Record and the Scotsman. He left the Scotsman after nine years as assistant editor in the summer of 2009 to become a full-time writer. Douglas is published by Penguin Books.

Doug also writes bestselling Roman novels, see them here.

Doug also writes historical action and adventure novels under the pen name James Douglas. See them here.


Alli Sinclair

Alli Sinclair is a multi award-winning author, published by Harper Collins Australia, who spent her early adult years travelling the globe, intent on becoming an Indiana Jones in heels. She scaled mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafted the Ganges, and rode a camel in the Sahara. Argentina and Peru became her home for a few years and when she wasn’t working as a mountain or tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls dancing the tango, salsa, merengue, and samba.

All of these adventures made for fun storytelling and this is when she discovered her love of writing. Alli’s stories capture the romance and thrill of exploring new destinations and cultures that also take readers on a journey of discovery.

Alli volunteers as an author role model with Books in Homes, promoting literacy and reading amongst young people.


Christine Bell

Christine Bell is a Melbourne fiction writer. Her debut historical novel No Small Shame is published by Ventura Press (Impact Imprint) 2020. Christine has been awarded a place in the Katharine Susannah Pritchard 2021 Fellowship Program. She is the winner of the inaugural 2019 HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency for an Established Writer.


She is a Varuna Alumni and holds a Master of Creative Writing. Christine served as the Assistant Co-ordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Victoria (SCBWI) 2014-2018. Christine has had 30 short fiction works published for children. No Small Shame is her first adult novel.


Bruce W. Bishop

Bruce W. Bishop is based in Nova Scotia, Canada, and wrote his debut novel, 'Unconventional Daughters', during the first pandemic lockdown in 2020. He penned an interlinked novel, 'Uncommon Sons', which was published in June 2021.


He is currently working on book three in this series called 'Families' Storytelling'. It is set in Nova Scotia of the 1950s, and features one of the characters from his first two novels as the protagonist.


Judith Barrow

Judith Barrow, originally from Saddleworth, a group of villages on the edge of the Pennines, has lived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, for over forty years.

She has an MA in Creative Writing with the University of Wales Trinity St David's College, Carmarthen. BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University. She is a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire County Council and holds private one to one workshops on all genres.


Linda Bennett Pennell

I have been in love with the past for as long as I can remember. Anything with a history, whether shabby or majestic, recent or ancient, instantly draws me in. I suppose it comes from being part of a large extended family that spanned several generations. Long summer afternoons on my grandmother's porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and poignant. Of course, being set in the American South, those stories were also peopled by some very interesting characters, some of whom have found their way into my work. As for my venture in writing, it has allowed me to reinvent myself. We humans are truly multifaceted creatures, but we tend to sort and categorize each other into neat, easily understood packages that rarely reveal the whole person. Perhaps you, too, want to step out of the box in which you find yourself. I encourage you to look at the possibilities and imagine. Be filled with childlike wonder in your mental wanderings. Envision what might be, not simply what is. Let us never forget, all good fiction begins when someone says to herself or himself, "Let's pretend."


Stephen Finlay Archer

Stephen Finlay Archer writes Irish historical fiction. His latest seven novel series, The Irish Clans covers the Irish revolutionary period from 1915 to 1923. This Irish family saga full of swashbuckling characters and page-turning action tells the true story of Ireland’s conflict with England. It is also a personal portrayal since the fictitious story involves his own ancestral family as they are drawn into the conflict of their Irish homeland, in his birthplace of Toronto, Canada.


Archer lives in Northern California with his wife Kathy. He is a member of Writers Unlimited in California Goldrush Country and the North American and Irish Branches of the Historical Novel Society. Before his retirement, he was an Aerospace Manager directing large-scale, delivery-in orbit, satellite systems for the U.S. Navy and NASA/NOAA.


More books from this era

Griff Hosker


Griff also writes in other eras and categories. See his profile here.

Deborah Swift


Deborah writes 20th Century fiction too. See her profile here.

MJ Porter also writes in other eras and categories. See MJ's profile here.


Samantha Wilcoxson also writes in other eras and categories. See her profile here.