Wendy Moore is a writer and journalist specializing in health and medical topics. She has a diploma in the History of Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries. Her first book, The Knife Man won the Medical Journalists' Association Consumer Book Award in 2005 and was highly commended in the British Medical Association's Medical Book Competition the same year. In 2007, the book was short-listed for the biennial Marsh Biography Award.
Her second book is Wedlock,a biography of Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore. Her third book, How to Create the Perfect Wife, which tells another amazing true story from the 18th century, came out in the US in spring 2013.
Wendy Moore lives in south east London with her husband Peter, also a journalist, and two children, Sam and Susannah.
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Wendy Moore explains how she came to write Wedlock, the true story of the disastrous marriage and remarkable divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
How did you come to write Wedlock?
Wedlock is my second book and also my second relating the life of an eighteenth-century personality. After writing my first book, The Knife Man, about the eighteenth-century surgeon John Hunter, I was scouting around for another idea. I was still drawn to the colorful world of medical history and spent many weeks pottering around dusty medical archives when suddenly Mary Eleanor Bowes burst into my life.
I had had a brief encounter with Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore, in writing my first book. She was a friend of John Hunter and donated to him the skin of a giraffe that had been brought back from an expedition she had sponsored to southern Africa. I knew no more about her until the curator of the Hunterian Museum in London, where John Hunter's human and animal body parts are exhibited, mentioned that the countess had a fascinating story of her own. Not expecting much, I ordered a few booksaccounts of the divorce case and the kidnapping trials published at the timewhen I ...
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