My next book, Snakes and Ladders: The Great British Social Mobility Myth, is out in February 2021. It charts the myth and reality of social mobility in Britain from the 19th century to the present, through the words and experiences of ordinary people. 



Tastes of Honey: the making of Shelagh Delaney and a cultural revolution is out now. Stuart Maconie says it’s ‘smart’, David Hare that it’s ‘riveting’ and Ken Loach that it captures a ‘vital cultural and social moment’.



isbn9781848548817-detail The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 2014 Book of the Year in Observer and Guardian; one of David Kynaston’s Books of the Year; one of only three history books by women to be a bestseller in 2014. Now translated into Japanese, Korean, Catalan and Spanish.





Young Women, Work, and Family in England, 1918-1950, Oxford University Press, 2005. Buy a copy here Or a kindle ebook here Winner, Women’s History Network Book Prize ‘Young women emerge in this history as a critically important force…When we imagine a typical interwar worker, it isn’t as a bob-haired 14-year-old shop assistant wearing her first pair of heels’. LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS