When she’s not running, Rachel writes works of creative non-fiction, mixing history, biography, memoir, nature- and landscape-writing, feminism, literary criticism, and psychology. She is author of Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Granta, 2010), A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind (Granta, 2017) and, forthcoming in 2022, In Her Nature (Chatto & Windus). She writes and reviews for, among others, the Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times, Economist, New Statesman, and TLS, and she has appeared on the BBC’s Coast and Timeshift programmes, as well as numerous programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She was also one of the first cohort elected as New Generation Thinkers by the AHRC and BBC Radio 3, and a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow from 2009-12. She will be Gladstone’s Library’s Political Writer in Residence in September 2019.
Rachel is also Lecturer in Creative Writing, and Deputy Director of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts, at Newcastle University. You can access her departmental web-page here. And you can find her general writing website here.