From blog author Natalie Bennett

Philobiblon started life in July 2004 as a mostly women’s history blog, back in the days when newsreaders still said “a blog is an online diary” every time they used the word. Back then I was working on a history book that became a series of four history books that I still hope to get back to one day. History still has a strong place, although usually with a political slant.

Where does the name come from? This early post explains. And this blog also has a “patron saint”, Anne Clifford.

It’s charted quite a bit of my political life since I joined the Green Party in January 2006, and these days is mostly a books blog (often to record readings/ideas/facts for myself, as well as to share with others – that’s why you’ll often find page references), with an occasional line in short commentary/linkage that won’t fit on Twitter.

A few favourite posts from over the years:

Green politics


Women’s history

You’ll also find my theatre and arts reviews on My London Your London.

I was the founder of the Carnival of Feminists, and was a books editor on Blogcritics.org.

Want to get in touch? Please email.


  • March 9, 2014 - 4:04 am | Permalink


    Love your blog. What motivated you to get into history? I like your post on enviromental change and O2 levels in the Middle Ages.

    I am also very passionate about the Medieval history and the Middle Ages and own my own online medieval history blog http://arthursarmory.com/medieval-blog/ . Here I try to share some of my passion about this awesome time period with others and teach about historical figures, wars and weapons that people are interested in. I believe your audience of history buffs would appreciate my postings and I would love to be listed on your medievalists listings.

    If my site is not something you believe your readers would enjoy I completely understand. Thanks for your time.


    Matt Ward

  • April 28, 2014 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Why are you preaching to the British people when you’re Australian?? I’ll tell you what we’ll swap you for Tony Abbott, you go back to Australia and we’ll send Tony back here where he was born!

  • November 18, 2014 - 1:25 am | Permalink

    Please can you help me, I am the mother of one of the “Lost Children of Sodium Valproate ”

    I consider myself lucky, that the medication that I took whilst I was pregnant for my mild Epilepsy, affected my Son.

    How am I lucky, Firstly I can finally put a label on what was wrong with my now 13 year old Son and I new that it wasn’t some biological fault in the genes that made my beautiful Son the Wray he is today, diagnosed with Fetal Valproate Neurodevelomental Effects, Aspergers, Low I Q, Servere Pragmatic Language Disorder, Poor Fine Motor Skills, Hypermobile Joints, Lax Muscle Tone, Poor Social skills and Depression.

    At the age of 14 nearly 15, he never leaves the house.

    Tomas issues are on the mild scale, he’s had 7 operations so far. When I contacted my local MP he confirmed that UK directive is that Sodium Valproate should only have been prescribed in Servere circumstances and only when other drugs are offered. I was only warned of 1% chance of a baby with Spina Bifida. Given the slow release medication.

    Dr Rebecca Bromley, calculated over 15 yrs, concluded
    20,000 affected by Sodium Valproate in the UK alone. Costing UK Taxpayers
    £20,000,000,000 billion
    regards Jo

  • September 8, 2016 - 1:24 am | Permalink

    look great today.

  • September 9, 2016 - 3:25 am | Permalink

    Just a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great style.

  • September 9, 2016 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I too conceive thence, perfectly composed post!

  • July 16, 2017 - 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Greetings, Natalie!

    I’d love to send a book to you, one that I think you might like to mention on your blog. “The Woman Without a Voice” is a brief documentary history of American women who were obliged to accompany their pioneering husbands. Women’s perspective is never taken in reporting the history of westward expansion.

    How do I address our book to you?

    …And congratulations on this blog that I am very happy my research has found for me! I’m hooked!

    Thank you!
    Ann Starr

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