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Even in the best of times, nonfiction investigative writing is a tough gig. It can take weeks, months, or even years to uncover a single scoop. When the focus of your work is on nature, art, and forgotten women's stories, as mine often is, the logistics can be even more difficult. That is why I am offering paid subscriptions to my writing and research, to help support what I do. Unpaid subscribers will still have access to newsletters, essays, book reviews, and anything else that appears on my Writer’s Notebook blog. Paid subscribers will have access to exclusive posts including my Book of the Courtesans series, about the women of the secret police files of the 19th century Paris vice squad.

The above video illustrates a typical day spent searching in the Paris archives—in this case, for my forthcoming book The Parisian Sphinx.

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I am a writer currently based in Paris, and the author of two books, The Oyster War(2015) and High Heel(2019), with a third on the way. I write about art, science, history, fashion, perfume, politics, nature, feminism, writing and creativity, plus whatever else catches my interest. My next book is a new biography of 19th century French painter and artist's model, Victorine Meurent, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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