I am a writer, specifically a historian and novelist; a speaker, and occasionally a television presenter or voice in the radio. Current project: ‘Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium’, for Pan Macmillan, which follows the story of opium, morphine and heroin from prehistory to the modern Afghan conflict. Upcoming novel: ‘Winter Road’ for Scholastic, about a Greenland Inuit hunter living on the American airbase in North Star Bay.

Other writing and contributing includes a broad range of publications, on subjects such as London, food, art, etiquette, death and the history of bare-knuckle boxing.


Georgian London: Into the Streets (Penguin, 2013) Finalist for the History Today – Longman Prize

GL was described, variously as, ‘a great read by a talented new historian‘, ‘something quite delicious‘, ‘packed to the brim with the minutiae of life’, and my personal favourite, ‘If you could cram all your Georgian facts into a large glass and drink it, here it is, the flavour reeking of sex, booze, coffee, tea, dismembered whale parts, rot and riot‘. ‘Her passionate curiosity and love for the city rise off the page like smoke‘.

City of Halves (Chicken House/Scholastic, 2014) Nominated for the Carnegie Medal

“Beautifully told, this is a gripping story which flows effortlessly across boundaries which typically separate the real from the imaginary … Lucy Inglis makes magical delightfully credible as the fast-paced and danger-filled adventure unfolds.” Julia Eccleshare MBE, Children’s Literary critic and Branford Boase judge

Crow Mountain (Chicken House/Scholastic, 2015) Winner of RNA Young Adult Novel, 2016, Finalist for Young Quills Historical Novel of 2016

Winter Road (Scholastic, 2017)
Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium (Pan Macmillan, 2017)

Contributor to:

The Telegraph
The Independent
The Sunday Times
Time Out
The Lancet
History Today
The RIBA Journal
The London Magazine
The Georgian Magazine
The Guardian CIF
Rare Book Review
Fire & Knives
Freemasonry Today


Discovering Britain (Channel 4)
Great British Bake Off (BBC1)
Georgian Revolutions (BBC4)
Georgian Music (BBC4)
Fight Club, A History of Violence (Yesterday Channel)
Grave Trade (History Channel)
Mud Men (Sky)

Radio includes:

The Georgians: Restraint, Revolution and the Right, with Dr Amanda Foreman (BBC R4)
Room with a View with Tom Dyckoff (BBC R4)
Today Programme (BBC R4)
Music Matters (BBC R3)
Sunday Feature: 1816, The Year Without a Summer (BBC R3)

I speak extensively in the UK, Europe and the US, on varied aspects of social history, from art and architecture, to the histories of sexuality, immigration and narcotics. Venues include:

The British Library
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum of London
Case Western University, Cleveland
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

If you would like me to speak to your group or event, please contact Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.

I lead workshops on effective communication through voice and storytelling, for businesses, schools and individuals.

When not doing any of the above and sometimes when I should be, I can be found pissing about on twitter, where I am far more likely to talk about none of the above in favour of the serious social problems of our time, such as hipsters.


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