Alex lives in Yorkshire where she was the company archivist and historian for her local chocolate factory for more than a decade. She’s worked in libraries, bookshops, offices, a Swiss school, a racecourse, a barbers shop, a church, and a police station (to name but a few).
Alex is a recognised expert in her field, but still isn’t quite sure how that happened. She regularly appears on television and radio to talk about the history of Yorkshire, chocolate, coffee, Quakers and food.
Alex has written about the history of confectionery for years and is the author of The Quality Street Girls, The Mothers of Quality Street and The Quality Street Wedding, all published by HarperCollins UK under her pen name, Penny Thorpe.