I am a freelance writer/scholar based in Devon; formerly a Regional Director with the National Trust until retirement in 2002, I hold an MA in Criticism and Theory from Exeter University and a PhD in English from Bristol University. 

My areas of interest include Detective Fiction, the Ghost Story, Film, especially the Weimar Cinema and the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and the poetry of John Clare and Wilfred Owen. 

I have also lectured on various subjects most notably Film and Conservation.  Narratives of Enclosure in Detective Fiction: The Locked Room Mystery is my first book and will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2011, http://www.palgrave.com/home/index.asp