Sarah is an award-winning writer and historian. She teaches literature and nineteenth-century social history and literature at the University of California’s London Outreach Center. She has been teaching a variety of courses at the Bishopsgate Institute since 2014.
Her interests are London/urban history, working-class history, medical history, psychogeography, and nineteenth-century literature and reportage.
Her books include Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England; The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London; and The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum.
She contributed a chapter to "Charles Booth's Poverty Maps" - last autumn's best-selling illustrated book by Thames & Hudson/London School of Economics.
Her TV work includes providing background material on BBC1’s "Secret History of Our Streets", and BBC2’s "The Victorian Slum", and she has twice been the history expert on "Who Do You Think You Are?"