Jessie Childs is an award-winning author and historian. Her first book, HENRY VIII’S LAST VICTIM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY, was published by Jonathan Cape in the UK in 2006 and by St Martin’s Press in the USA in 2007. Described by A.N. Wilson in the Telegraph as ‘a truly superb biography’, it won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2007.
Jessie’s second book, GOD’S TRAITORS: TERROR AND FAITH IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND (Bodley Head in the UK, OUP in the US) was published in March 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. It was Book of the Week in The Times and the Guardian, and an Evening Standard bestseller. It was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book Prize, and won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2015.
Jessie has written and reviewed for several newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Literary Review and Standpoint, and is currently working on a new book about the English Civil War for Bodley Head. She took a First in History from Brasenose College, Oxford and lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
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