However, there is one thing that has loomed large over my existence for the past five and half years - my PhD. Yes, I really did start in 2006. I remember telling people when I would finish it - "2012 - yeah, I'll be 30". It is quite weird to acknowledge that I'm nearly there now. I do not regret the choice I made back then. I'm not saying it has always been easy, and at the start it was quite difficult to learn a completely new field of academic history. But now, as I get to the end, I can see what a wonderful thing my PhD has been, and will be.
So bring on the next decade of my life - I am sure it will be a good one.
I have the following ideas for books, and I would appreciate people's thoughts:
- An edited collection of my blog posts.
- The history of the Victorian station-master 1825-1914
- The grim Victorian railway - exploring the horrible aspects of the 19th century railway
- A history of the individuals who built and ran the railways - 1825-1914.
- The social life of Victorian railway workers.
- Victorian Railwaywomen