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Caitlin Davies is the author of six novels and seven non-fiction books, many of which have a criminal theme.
The Ghost of Lily Painter (Hutchinson, 2011) was based on the true story of two Edwardian baby farmers, while Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison (John Murray, 2018) was the first comprehensive history of Europe’s most infamous female jail. It was nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, 2019.
Caitlin started her writing career as a human rights reporter in Botswana, during which she was twice arrested and put on trial. She is a trained teacher, who has worked in schools, universities, prisons and community centres, as well as tutoring for the Arvon Foundation. She is also a mentor with Story Board, www.storyboardwriter.com, which runs online consultations for writers of both fiction and non-fiction.
Caitlin’s latest book is Queens of the Underworld; a journey into the lives of female crooks from the 17th century to today, published by the History Press.
‘A riveting dive into the criminal underworld and the women who queened it there’ – Helena Kennedy QC
‘A rollicking account of all kinds of crime committed by women…who have not only been forgotten or ignored, but who put their male counterparts to shame’ – Julie Bindel, The Spectator
‘What a brilliant piece of research; pieced together with compassion, heart and understanding’ – Maxine Peake
‘Caitlin Davies displays that rare talent for history and storytelling without judgement’ – Shami Chakrabarti
‘Refreshingly, these women are leaders of their trades, not victims’ – Rachel Holmes
Caitlin is currently working on a new book, Private Inquiries: the secret history of female sleuths, to be published in 2023.
It will tell the true tales of female private eyes from the 1850s to the present, including Annette Kerner, the ‘Mrs Sherlock Holmes’ of the 1950s and one of the very first members of the Crime Writers’ Association. Caitlin is also training as a private investigator.
Books by Caitlin Davies
Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison
Queens of the Underworld: A Journey into the Lives of Female Crooks
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