About the Author

Hello there!

Well, I became an Historian of the Victorian, mainly because it rhymed. On the whole I always wanted to become a novelist.  Or a time traveller, but I don’t have a very good sense of balance, so that was out.  Anyway, in a way, being a novelist means you can go anywhere you want, any time or place. Also being a historian means I can unforgivably nosy and still appear professional.

When I was 20 I discovered the Pre-Raphaelites and did not look back.  Thirty years later, I am the author of the one and only biography of Pre-Raphaelite muse, Fanny Cornforth and a novel about the life of Alexa Wilding, A Curl of Copper and Pearl. My second novel, entitled We Are Villains All, is about a poet, a photographer, some grisly murders, and a girl dressed up as a fox.

In 2018, I published Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang (Unicorn Publishing) which gave the compelling stories of 50 amazing Pre-Raphaelite women, some famous, some unknown to show the myriad of lives that went into the Pre-Raphaelite movement. This was followed by Light and Love: The Extraordinary Developments of Julia Margaret Cameron (Unicorn Publishing, 2020), following the lives of the pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and her maid/muse Mary Hillier. In 2022, I have worked with Unicorn Publishing to publish an updated, glorious new edition of Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth.

My posts on The Kissed Mouth are a way of exploring all manner of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian subjects in though-provoking and humorous ways.  I always find that I remember things if they make me laugh and I hope I apply that to what I talk about here.

If you are the sort of person who worries about credentials, then rest assured I have done some book-reading in my time.  I have a masters in Victorian art and poetry and my thesis was on Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites.  I have spoken at conferences on a range of subjects from Pre-Raphaelite ideals of beauty to Thomas Hardy and cinema and publish articles in publications such as the Pre-Raphaelite Society Journal and Enchanted Living Magazine.  

If you have questions, offers of money and general expressions of affection, I can be contacted via stonellwalker@googlemail.com