Helen Berry's history of the famous 18th-century castrato Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci and his young wife, Dorothea, is steeped in its period, but has the natural allure of a novel.
The Sunday Telegraph
Helen Berry is Professor of British History at Newcastle University. She specialises in British history circa 1660 to 1800, with a particular interest in social, cultural and economic history. Her research and teaching are closely linked, and cover a wide range of themes, from the history of how a new kind of consumer society emerged in Britain during the eighteenth century, to how global trade and economics shaped personal experiences, families and communities.
Having benefitted from working for several years with fellow historians and archaeologists at Newcastle University who have particular expertise in World History, she is passionate about encouraging people to think more broadly about British history in a global context.
Professor Berry’s most recent book, The Castrato and His Wife (Oxford: OUP, 2011) is a microhistory that - among other things - explores the impact of Italian culture in the British Isles. It was published to excellent reviews and was selected to be BBC Radio 4's 'Book of the Week'. In addition to her books and articles which explore various national and international perspectives on British history, she has also published widely on the history of North-East England, on subjects ranging from high-design glassware and regional identity, to architectural style and taste in Newcastle.