Jane was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and from the age of six was brought up and educated on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. On leaving secondary school she read English Language and Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.
Ten years in the antiquarian book trade in London followed, before Jane’s first book, Wayward Women was commissioned. For a while Jane juggled book dealing, cataloguing the Thomas Cook archives, writing, having children and research but she now works full-time as a writer and lecturer specialising in social history through the eyes of women. Jane currently lives near Oxford with her husband and two sons.
Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education is a study of the history of the ‘undergraduette’ and was published by Penguin Books and this was followed by A Force to Be Reckoned With: The History of the Women’s Institue by Virago Press. Jane’s most recent publication is In the Family Way: Illegitimacy Between the Great War and the Swinging Sixties, published by Penguin in 2015. Jane’s new book, Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders, was published by Transworld in January 2020.