My thesis – provisionally entitled ‘Decolonisation and the Middlebrow Novel’ – examines the work of women writers, who witnessed the end of British rule in India, Malaya and East Africa. A key focus of the thesis is to examine how women writers used narrative features of the middlebrow novel to engage metropolitan readers in a debate on the politics of decolonisation. My broader interests span postcolonial and global literatures, Cold War fiction and middlebrow culture more generally. Previously, I completed a Masters in English, also with the Open University. I also hold a PhD in economics and have worked for many years in public policy.