Victorian Secrets is an independent publishing house dedicated to producing high-quality books from and about the nineteenth century. As far as we’re concerned, everything went badly wrong in 1901.
The elves at Victorian Secrets are busy sifting through the annals to find suitable treasures for publication. Please do contact them if you would like to bring their attention to a particular title. We do occasionally allow them to check their email.
In late-December 2011 we started publishing new biographies of forgotten Victorian figures. First off the presses was David Waller’s The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, which received much praise. Excited by this initial venture, we followed it with biographies of Jerome K. Jerome and Dame Clara Butt.
Apart from the elves, the people behind Victorian Secrets are:
Catherine Pope – Managing Director
Catherine is the founder of Victorian Secrets and is responsible for most aspects of its operation: typesetting, production, cover design, promotion, running the website, and being nice to editors. She combines it with studying for a PhD on Florence Marryat (hence the outbreak of Marryat titles), and more gainful employment as a research skills trainer.
Carolyn Oulton – Literary Editor
Carolyn is a Reader in Victorian Literature and Co-Director of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a publications list as long as your arm, and recently wrote a biography of Jerome K. Jerome for Victorian Secrets. Carolyn has come on board in 2013 to provide editorial input for our forthcoming titles.
Greta Depledge – Consulting Editor
Greta is a lecturer at the Faculty of Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck College and an associate lecturer for the Open University. She has also edited Her Father’s Name, The Dead Man’s Message, and The Blood of the Vampire for Victorian Secrets. As an academic at large, Greta advises on the suitability of texts for publication.
Tanya Izzard – Consulting Editor & Indexer
Tanya builds the indexes for our biographies and provides moral support when Photoshop doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. Tanya is also studying for a (non-Victorian) PhD on ‘E M Delafield and the Feminist Middlebrow’.
You can also find out more about us on our frequently asked questions page.