Dr Chris Ewers


I studied English Literature at Exeter University before working as a journalist for a number of national newspapers. While working as a sub-editor, I completed a Masters with the OU and a doctorate at King's College London (my PhD was on roads and the novel in the long eighteenth century).

I have written journal articles on Robert Bage's Hermsprong and its importance as an early example of the regional novel, the complexity of Sir Walter Scott's spatial imagination in Waverley, and the way different types of train journey shape Agatha Christie's detective fiction. I have written a monograph, Mobility and the Novel from Defoe to Austen (Boydell and Brewer 2018), and a book chapter on Sir John Hill's work as a columnist, 'The Inspector at Large: Investigating the Spaces of London', in Fame and Fortune: Sir John Hill and London Life in the 1750s (Palgrave 2017).