About Me

Hi, my name is Suzie Grogan and I am a freelance professional researcher and writer on topics as diverse as social exclusion, social and family history (with particular reference to the history of mental health treatment and 19th & 20thC London) and women’s health issues. With many years experience of research to support public and voluntary sector policy and strategy development, I am now putting my skills to use researching issues of importance to me. I am a keen social historian and have had many articles published in national magazines.

In 2014,  my book Shell Shocked Britain – the First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health was published by Pen and Sword Books to 5* reviews, and my next book, Death Disease & Dissection – the life of a surgeon-apothecary 1750-1850 will be published by Pen and Sword in October 2017

I have edited and compiled the book Dandelions and Bad Hair Days – an anthology of prose and poetry written by those who have experienced mental health issues – which was published on 10th October 2012. All profits go to SANE and nominated mental health charities.

I write ghost stories and other fiction and have a number of projects in development – if only there were more hours in the day!

I am also a wife and mother of two twenty-somethings who have just about realised how interesting their mother can be if given the chance.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with and successfully treated (including reconstruction)  for breast cancer, and I have had Primary Lymphoedema since my teens, but although I would love to hear from people who share my experiences, this blog is a place to be creative about life, writing and living life and writing.

“If you want an engaging and informed speaker, who has sought out and highlighted a little understood, but important aspect of the Great War, I’d recommend Suzie Grogan – and her book is rather good too!”


Simon Wallace, Communities & Social Inclusion Manager – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

As a doubtful newcomer to social media, I needed help from someone who was friendly and patient as well as knowledgeable. I found exactly what I needed in Suzie. She gently guided me through the mysteries, and even managed to make it enjoyable. I continue to draw on her skills for ongoing support. I thoroughly recommend her, especially for the digitally challenged!


Moira Lake, UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist, Registered Shamanic Healer and Astrologer


Suzie Grogan’s well-researched and beautifully written book is a compelling account of the impact of warfare on individuals and the wide-reaching implications for society….


 Angela Buckley, author of ‘The Real Sherlock Holmes: the Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada’