Naomi Clifford tells the forgotten stories of women in history
Miranda Kaufmann on The Disappearance of Maria Glenn
“Clifford tells her tale with sympathy and insight, carefully picking out the chain of events from the conflicting contemporary reports. The Disappearance of Maria Glenn is a fascinating read, dispelling our romantic notions of Regency ‘elopements’ by throwing light on a case where the ‘suitor’ was clearly motivated more by avarice than love.”
Emily Brand on Women and the Gallows
“[I]can already confirm that the actual contents are Very Excellent.”
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Praise for Naomi Clifford's books
A fascinating re-examination of one of Birmingham’s most notorious murders, exploring not only the events and evidence directly relating to the case but also the social context in which it took place and the role this played in its outcome. Naomi’s research is thorough and the conclusions she draws from it convincing, and for me, finally answer the questions surrounding the death of Mary Ashford. Highly readable and highly recommended.
Kate Gomez on The Murder of Mary Ashford
Naomi Clifford’s true life story of Maria Glenn is written with superb attention to detail and beautifully crafted. The author has a reel feel for both the period and for her shy heroine. She manages to combine historical accuracy with the drama of a good novel and keeps the pages turning to the end. I loved it and thoroughly recommend. I’m already looking forward to her next book…
Jane Cook on The Disappearance of Maria Glenn
Naomi Clifford’s accomplished account of the fate of 131 women sentenced to death by public execution between 1797 and 1837 is a grim, tragic and compulsive read… This book is an important record, bringing to the surface the injustices of female victims killed by a world with little compassion. It is also an invaluable source for historical fiction writers… A brilliantly researched document for our times.
Beatrice Parvin on Women and the Gallows