Nell is a crime historian and freelance writer. She has a PhD in the history of crime, and is an honorary research associate at Oxford Brookes University. She writes the Criminal Historian blog.

Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Oxford Times, Who Do You Think You Are?, Real Crime, All About History, Your Family HistoryDiscover Your Ancestors, and Runner’s World. She also has a monthly history column in the Stratford Herald.

She is the author of two books on the history of crime – Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in the Cotswolds (Pen & Sword, 2009), and Olde Cotswold Punishments (The History Press, 2011). Her latest book, Life On The Victorian Stage, was published by Pen & Sword in 2017.

She is a member the Royal Historical Society, the British Society of Criminology, and the Society for Theatre Research.