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Gill Paul

Author of historical fiction

Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. She has written two novels about the Romanovs and Russia. The Secret Wife (2016) tells the story of cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia’s last tsar, who met in 1914, and in October 2018, The Lost Daughter, about Maria, the third daughter, will be published. Another Woman’s Husband, is about links you may not have been aware of between Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Gill’s other novels include Women and Children First, about a young steward who works on the Titanic; The Affair, set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while making Cleopatra; and No Place for a Lady, about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined. Gill also writes historical non-fiction, including A History of Medicine in 50 Objects and series of Love Stories, each containing fourteen tales of real-life couples: how they met, why they fell for each other, and what happened in the end. Published around the world, this series includes Royal Love Stories, World War I Love Stories and Titanic Love Stories. Gill swims year-round in an open-air pond – “It’s good for you so long as it doesn’t kill you”– and is a devotee of Pilates. She also particularly enjoys travelling on what she calls “research trips” and attempting to match-make for friends.
Why Humans Are Better At Finding You Love Than An

Why Humans Are Better At Finding You Love Than An App

I'm an amateur match-maker. It's a hobby fraught with perils, but I maintain that despite the new-tech innovations in online dating sites, and the simplicity of 'swipe and hook-up sites', old-fashioned human matchmakers are the best bet if you're looking for long-term love.
07/11/2017 14:02 GMT
Things I Learned From My Parents'

Things I Learned From My Parents' Deaths

No one loves you like a mother. One of the things that preyed on my mind after Mum's death was that I'd lost the person who loved me most, but then it came to me in a powerful flash of insight that I still have her love and always will do.
03/09/2015 12:31 BST
Women Who Prioritised Career Over

Women Who Prioritised Career Over Love

We seldom have to choose outright between a love life and a career these days: it's more a case of little daily compromises. Who takes a day off when a child is sick? Who puts their own work to one side to help their partner through a challenging deadline?
18/08/2015 15:35 BST
In Praise of Year-Round Outdoor

In Praise of Year-Round Outdoor Swimming

You have Technicolour skin when you climb out of the water: lobster pink and mauve in my case. The circulation boost has great anti-ageing effects on the capillaries, leaving skin supple and glowing. Some claim it combats cellulite as well.
02/07/2015 17:33 BST