The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer - a very Victorian murder

A TRUE tale of Victorian crime, betrayal and murder...Celestina Sommer's problem took her to the very edge of hell. More

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About David J. Vaughan

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twitter: @David_J_Vaughan

David J. Vaughan is a published author (The History Press, Pen & Sword, etc), historian, blogger, book reviewer, media presenter and public speaker. He writes fact and fiction, including on history (often bloody) and crime & insanity in the Victorian era. He is also a 'jobbing' feature writer across mainstream and independent publications.

His two latest books (with due dates) are The Little Book Of Herefordshire (THP, 2016) and Mad Or Bad? A History Of Crime & Insanity In Victorian Britain (P&S, 2017).

He owns and writes his blog about 'Crime and Insanity in Victorian England' at, which gets in excess of 1000 hits per month. And gives lectures and talks on his areas of interest.

Other works - including Bloody British History: Salisbury (THP, 2014) - are available in all good High Street and online bookshops, and and via his website

David also continues to work on crime-centred novels - including a detective partnership fit for the post-modern age - as well as television screenplays in which he reworks the popular Victorian drama to its darkest criminal roots.

His first full-length, narrative non-fiction title, The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer - a very Victorian murder, has been self-published on Smashwords and Amazon

Finally, he writes reviews for Pickering and Chatto (now Routledge), academic publisher of related books, journals and monographs.

MEDIA WORK - David records and presents live-to-air pieces for both radio and tv. Extracts from 'Bloody British History: Salisbury' were broadcast by BBC Wiltshire; his appearances on BBC TV include "Countryfile" and "So What Do You Really Want To Do?"

Other published works include:
@ 'Crime And Insanity: Judge, Jury...And Avoiding The Executioner' - (History Is Now magazine)
@ 'Unravelling a person's criminal history through the archives' - contributor to Old Bailey Online/London Lives blog (
@ Podcast extract from The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer, a very Victorian murder (
@ Internet Archaeology (Council for British Archaeology) (peer reviewed), forthcoming
@ Victoria County History - Wiltshire vol. XIX (Institute of Historical Research and Boydell & Brewer), forthcoming
@ Cotswold Life (Loyalty and Conquest Publications)
@ Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard (News Communications & Media PLC)

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