Jane Dismore is a freelance writer of history and heritage and a biographer. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Biographers’ Club, and (as a former practising solicitor) the Law Society of England and Wales. Jane is also an experienced public speaker. Her literary agent is Andrew Lownie.
A list of Jane’s most recent published features can be found further down this page.
NEWS: On Tues. 18 February 2020 at 2.30pm Jane will be speaking at historic Hall Place, Crayford as part of Bexley’s ‘Book Buzz’ Literary Festival. She grew up in the area and her talk is called, ‘From Bexley Girl to Royal Biographer’. Click here for info & tickets
NEWS Jane has been filmed for a television documentary to be broadcast in Spring 2020 about the Queen (when a princess) in wartime, for which her book PRINCESS The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II is a source. More details nearer the time (and see pic on Events page).
And in February 2020 PRINCESS (already pub. in USA in hardback & ebook) will be published in paperback in the USA by its current publisher, Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. More info to follow.
NEWS : Jane has presented a series of five book programmes for North Herts Radio (broadcast from 6 October to 3 November 2019). In the final programme, about writing non-fiction, Jane had the chance to talk about her work, as well as presenting; see Events page for pic. If you missed the programmes: Click here and scroll down to bottom of page to listen again.
Her latest book (June 2018) PRINCESS is published in the USA in hardback (Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) and is available from Lyons Press or from Amazon. PRINCESS is also published in the UK (Thistle Publishing, below right) in paperback and is available from Amazon. It’s also available on Kindle. (See sample reviews)
Jane was filmed by the Anglophile Channel (USA) talking about her book PRINCESS, which took place in the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane, London, the site of the Queen’s first home, 145 Piccadilly. Watch the abridged interview here : Interview with Anglophile Channel, 2018.
DUCHESSES: Living in 21st Century Britain (published on 4th September 2014 by Blink Books, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing. Now also available in an e-book) HM the Queen graciously accepted a copy of Duchesses for her 90th birthday.
When Kate Middleton was made a royal duchess in 2011, she made the old title topical, even desirable, again. Just below the royal duchesses on the aristocratic tree sits another tiny group of women with their dukes: the non-royal duchesses. They are just as much a part of Britain’s heritage, the dukedoms having been awarded by monarchs since the 16th century, but they are a dying breed.
Ten of these duchesses form the basis of this book. Not only is it the first time they have been featured together but in many cases it is the first time they have talked publicly about themselves. Each also selects a favourite duchess from the past, providing a fascinating gallery through the centuries and a comparison with today – for what does it mean to be a duchess in the 21st century when privilege is not a popular concept?
THE VOICE FROM THE GARDEN: Pamela Hambro and the Tale of Two Families Before and After the Great War (pub. Aug 2012, SilverWood Books)
LONGLISTED 2013 FOR THE NEW ANGLE PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
This true family saga focuses on two prominent families during a turbulent time in Britain’s history: the Hambros, a major merchant banking dynasty, and the Cobbolds, a long established British brewing family from Suffolk, who are united in 1919 by marriage. Their friends include the mighty Morgan banking family of the USA, and the prominent Swedish industrialists, the Wallenbergs, as well as members of the British aristocracy. At the heart of the action lies the love story of Pamela Cobbold and Charles Hambro.
EVENTS (link to new page)
PUBLISHED FEATURES & GUEST POSTS: please click to link for most features (for some older features, please see Links page and Archives):
- On 13 Jan. 2020, as ‘summit talks’ headed by the Queen take place at Sandringham on the proposals made by the Duke & Duchess of Sussex, Jane’s letter is published on the subject in The Times newspaper – see letter on Events page.
- 85 years ago (1934): the marriage of the Duke of Kent & Princess Marina of Greece, memorable for many reasons: Royal Central, 29 Nov. 2019
- Myth, Mystery & Fun The Queen & her Bowes Lyon relations, Majesty Magazine, Nov 2019
- A Story of Love and War: Cobbold Celebrations, 1919 Suffolk Magazine, October 2019 (online version click here & also see magazine itself)
- The Royal Family in 1939 Majesty Magazine, June 2019
- Better Known podcast: Click here to hear Jane talk to Ivan Wise about six things that should be better known, May 2019.
- On the Queen’s 93rd birthday, a look back at her 13th Royal Central, April 2019
- The Queen and the Bowes Lyon family: BRITAIN magazine, Jan/Feb 2019
- Remembering the Duchess of Abercorn for Royal Central, 13 December 2018
- Fit for a King: following his 70th birthday, a feature on the sponsors for the christening of HRH the Prince of Wales, Royal Central, December 2018.
- Secret Life of Duchesses Country Life, Sept 2018
- An Old Alliance: Princess Elizabeth & the Americans The American, July/Aug 2018
- 80 years ago: Princess Elizabeth & the Summer of 1938 for Royal Central, July 2018
- The Suffragist of Corfe Castle Dorset Life July 2018
- Olive Knox: The Woman Behind the Codebreaker The Northumbrian, June/July 2018.
- Fine on the day: a look back at royal weddings before Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle. Royal Central, 16 May 2018.
- Emmeline ‘Nina’ Cust (1867-1955), Poet, Artist, Lover for National Trust, March 2018. Celebrating women’s achievements 100 years after the Representation of the People Act.
- The Queen’s first Christmas As Prince Harry’s fiancee looks ahead to her first royal Christmas, here’s a look back at Princess Elizabeth’s: Royal Central 5 December 2017
- The Cambridge Psychics published by Dr Ann Kennedy Smith online, January 2017
- Legacy of Good Duchess Anne published in History Today magazine October 2016
- The Cambridges in Canada: Royal Central, 12 Sept. 2016.
- The sad story of the Dukes of Westminster and the Maid of Ebury Royal Central, 11 Aug 2016
- Duchess who caught a collecting bug pub. in The Northumbrian mag. Aug/Sept 2016
- Pocahontas in England published in History Today magazine June 2016
- Pocahontas 400 published in Kent Life magazine June 2016
- When America married Norfolk published in Eastern Daily Press, Weekend, May 2016
- Stover and the Duke of Somerset published in South West Life Magazine December 2015
- Duchesses on Duty published in BRITAIN magazine, Sept/Oct 2015 issue
- ‘Wolf Hall‘ feature: interviewing the Duke of Somerset, John Seymour in Wiltshire Life Magazine, April 2015
- The Duchess Diaries published in Social & Personal Magazine, December 2014
- A Rare Species: Britain’s non-royal dukedoms published on History Today website
- Are Duchesses an Endangered Species? published in The Lady magazine, 26th September 2014