Summary of research interests and expertise:

  • History of the book since 1750; history of publishing; history of authorship; literary and publishing archives; modern manuscripts; the publishing history of the novel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Victorian literature, especially Victorian popular fiction; the 1890s; the sea story.
  • Twentieth-century literature, especially inter-war fiction.
  • Scottish literature since 1750, especially J.M. Barrie; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish literary renaissance; Muriel Spark; the history of Scottish publishing.