Biography

Rebecca Stott is a novelist, non-fiction writer, broadcaster and academic who works across several different disciplines including history, literature and history of science. At UEA she teaches on both literature and creative writing modules.


She completed her BA, MA and PhD at the School of English and Related Literature at York University. She taught full-time in the English departments of York, Leeds and Anglia Ruskin (Cambridge) before she came to UEA in 2007. She was Head of Department at Anglia Ruskin's English Department for five years.

Website: http://www.rebeccastott.co.uk

All Publications

<- Page 1 of 2 ->

Stott, R.

(2017)

In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, A Father, A Cult,

Fourth Estate

ISBN 9780008209162

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2013)

Tennyson's Drift: Evolution in The Princess,

in Darwin, Tennyson and their Readers.

Ashgate

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2012)

Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists,

Bloomsbury

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2012)

Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution,

Random House

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2012)

Tennyson's Drift: Evolution in The Princess,

in Two-Way Traffic: New Directions in Victorian Literature and Science.

Anthem Press

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2011)

Dust, Like Pollen,

in Body of Work: Forty Years of Creative Writing at UEA.

Full Circle Press

ISBN 978-0-9561869-8-0

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2011)

"The Wet-Footed Understory": Darwinian Immersions,

in The Joy of Secularism: Eleven Essays for How We Live Now.

Princeton University Press

ISBN 0691149100

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2010)

Darwin in the Literary World,

in Darwin.

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9780521131957

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2009)

The Coral Thief,

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN 9780297851370

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2009)

Tangling with History,

in Cambridge Literary Review

1

(1)

pp. 263-268

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2007)

Ghostwalk,

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN 0297852051

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2004)

Oyster (Animal),

Reaktion Books

ISBN 1861892217

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2003)

Darwin and the Barnacle,

Faber and Faber; New Ed edition

ISBN 0571216099

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2003)

Theatres of Glass: The Woman who Brought the Sea to the City,

Short Books

ISBN 1904095364

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R., Avery, S.

(2003)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning,

Longmans

ISBN 0582404703

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R.

(2002)

Darwin's Barnacles: Victorian Natural History and the Marine Grotesque,

in Transactions and Encounters: Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century.

Manchester University Press

pp. 151-181

ISBN 978-0719059117

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Stott, R., Chapman, P.

(2001)

Grammar and Writing,

Longmans

ISBN 0582382416

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R., Avery, S.

(2001)

Writing with Style,

Longmans

ISBN 0582382424

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R., Snaith, A., Rylance, R.

(2001)

Making Your Case: a Practical Guide to Essay Writing,

Longmans

ISBN 0582382440

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Stott, R., Young, T., Bryan, C.

(2001)

Speaking Your Mind,

Longmans

ISBN 0582382432

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


<- Page 1 of 2 ->

Key Research Interests

As an academic with an early specialism in Victorian literature I published several books of literary criticism and cultural history including a book called The Fabrication of the Victorian Femme Fatale, a collection of essays on Tennyson, a co-authored monograph on Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning and articles on Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, H.D., Virginia Woolf, Carlyle and aspects of Victorian science and Victorian poetry.

In 2003, I began to experiment with creative non-fiction and life writing, publishing several non-fiction books including a partial biography of Darwin called Darwin and the Barnacle, (Faber, 2003), a cultural history of the oyster and most recently a 2,000-year history of the idea of evolution called Darwin’s Ghosts (Bloomsbury, 2012). 

In 2007, I published my first novel Ghostwalk. part historical thriller, part ghost story, which was published in the US (Random House) and the UK (Weidenfeld and Nicolson) and translated into 14 different languages including Chinese, Russian, Hebrew and Serbian. It reached the bestseller lists in Italy, America and China and was shortlisted for the Jelf Group First novel Award and the Author's Club First Novel Award. Set both in contemporary and seventeenth-century Cambridge it weaves together fiction and non-fiction, material about plague, Newton’s early alchemical work, optics, glassmaking and quantum physics to explore the nature of obsession.

My second historical novel, The Coral Thief, grew out of the research I had begun on the history of evolutionary ideas for Darwin’s Ghosts. Part adventure story, part history of science, part coming of age story, part alternate history, The Coral Thief is set in Paris in 1815 just after the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo; it was serialized on Radio Four for Book at Bedtime in January 2010.

Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists, a book of narrative history, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and Random House in America. Ten years in the making, it spans 2,200 years of world history tracing the idea of evolution from Aristotle to Darwin. It shows how new ideas about the origins of species came to emerge in particular moments in history and in particular places from the sea lagoons of ancient Lesbos to the market places of ninth-century Basra to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

My family memoir about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian cult and the importance of literature in finding a way out of its long shadow, In the Days of Rain, came out in June 2017, in the US, the UK and Australia. It is currently being translated into German for publication in 2018.

I am now working on both a novel and a book of creative non-fiction based on the mystery of the four hundred years in which the city of Londinium lay derelict after the Roman left Britain in 410BC.

Teaching Interests

Although my teaching responsibilities vary, I usually teach the following courses:

Feminist Writing (third year undergraduate module)

Novel History (Creative Writing MA module on historical fiction)

I also supervise several students engaged on the Critical-Creative PhD programme. I am  particularly keen to receive applications from students wishing to use the Creative-Critical PhD programme to write historical fiction or to write creative non-fiction, life-writing or memoir. 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Rebecca is an Affiliated Scholar at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science Department at Cambridge, a Fellow for the Royal Society of the Arts and a regular contributor to (and occasional presenter for) BBC Radio programmes.
  • She was a member of the organizing committee for the major Darwin Festival in Cambridge held in 2009.