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 This is the official website of Rosemary Cook, award-winning author and researcher

You can find information here about my books, my speaking schedule and my latest project. You can also read my blog and contact me about my books - find out how to get a signed copy! If you need FREE help with your family history research, you can contact me about this too. I look forward to sharing my work with you. 

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I am a nurse by background. I've also worked as a manager in health authorities, and as a Civil Servant in the Department of Health. For 15 years I was the CEO of two health-related charities: the Queen's Nursing Institute and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. So I have a great interest in all things nursing and medical. 

My main hobby is historical research and writing - so far, all about medical crimes and mysteries!

I also give talks about my research and my books: you can find me on SpeakerNet here. After a year of lockdowns, I have developed all of my talks to deliver them online. So it doesn't matter where you are in the country - or the world - you can help solve the Nightingale Shore murder, or hear about the crimes of Dr Gramshaw, or the wickedness of Dr Warder! See below for my current speaking schedule.

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Reviews of my book talks

‘A tour de force! What a terrific talk!’ Rotary Club of Northallerton Mowbray

‘Engaging, well thought out and entertaining. I have had lots of emails from members saying how much they enjoyed it.’ National Women’s Register

‘Thank you for a really amazing talk, the format and subject was brilliant, we are still arguing and discussing it on our Facebook page!’ Carnegie Girls WI

‘Thank you so much for your talk, easily the best zoom we’ve had and great feedback from members.’ Threshfield and Linton WI

Bookings 2022

20 Jan - York Home for Nurses - Dringhouses Townswomen's Guild

10 Feb - York Home for Nurses - Skelton WI

28 Feb - The Wickedness of Dr Warder - Norfolk WI

15 March - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Bishopthorpe Local History Group

16 March - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Stillington Archive

5 April - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Haxby and Wigginton WI

19 April - the Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Kilburn WI

27 May - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Sherriff Hutton History Group

1 June - The York Home for Nurses - Pickering

16 June - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Haxby Local History Group

12 July - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Slingsby Ladies Group

16 August - Solving the Nightingale Shore Murder - Women in Middleham

7 Sept - The Crimes of Dr Gramshaw - Wiggington Wednesday Club

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Family history research

I have spent years doing family history research for my books and learned a lot along the way - mainly by making mistakes that could have been avoided! Now I'm a Family History Buddy at my City Library, helping others to find their way through the maze of websites and databases.

If you would like me to help you with your research, get in touch - I'm happy to talk through your requirements and do a couple of hours' research free of charge. Meanwhile, see my blog for some top tips ...



Based in York

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