I am a writer who lives and works in Toronto. My publications include three books of literary non-fiction (Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason, John the Painter, and All or Nothing), articles in magazines such as Playboy, BBC History, and History Today, and several dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals.

My background is in history, which I studied as an undergraduate at Princeton and then as a graduate student at Yale. A postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley piqued my interest in the gin craze of eighteenth-century London, and over the years my research has broadened to include such topics as crimes committed by women, interpersonal violence, and, in the case of John the Painter, the life of a would-be terrorist at the time of the American Revolution.

My current project, set in eighteenth-century England, is a comedy. It ends in a hanging.