Historian, Author, Public Speaker

About Me

Dr Penny Starns book signing at The Imperial War Museum. Image courtesy of IWM.

My Work

I was awarded my doctorate in History by the University of Bristol. Since that time I have worked as a historical researcher, adviser and award-winning writer for BBC Radio  4, and as a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, University of London and the University of Bristol.  My specialist area is the relationship between medicine, war and modernity.  I write books for Haynes Publishing, the History Press and Sabre-Storm Publishing. 


Image: Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Books by Dr Penny Starns.

My Books

Recent books include Odette: World War Two's Darling Spy, Surviving Tenko, Blitz Families, Oceans Apart, Sisters of the Somme and Blitz Hospital, published by The History Press, Escaping the Blitz  (co-authored) published by SabreStorm and Combat Medicine Operations Manual: from the Korean War to Afghanistan published by Haynes  

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Forthcoming Books and Events

Haynes Combat Medicine Operations Manual: from Korea to Afghanistan will be published October 2019  

For details see www.haynes.com



Escaping the Blitz: the myths and mayhem of evacuation in the Second World War (co-authored with Penny Legg) is now available www.SabreStormPublishing



Forthcoming books in 2020 Truly of the Few: Polish Airmen in Defence of Britain, due to be published in September 2020 by SabreStorm Publishing to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.