Pippa Brush Chappell

Pippa has been teaching writing for more than 25 years. She has a PhD in English and has taught at colleges and universities in Canada and the USA, and at secondary school in the UK. Her short fiction has been published, most recently, in a Grindstone anthology and online in The Virtual Zine. Her work-in-progress is set during the late 1600s and is based on the life of a Quaker ‘prophet’ who travelled the world at a time when the authorities would rather she just stayed quietly at home. She is a content editor and tutor for The History Quill.

Pippa has a special interest in late 1650s England, particularly early Quakers and non-conformist religious groups; WW1; Canadian history, particularly early 20th-century; and women’s history. 

If Pippa were stranded on a desert island, the historical novels she would want with her are the Wolf Hall trilogy – for the depth and confidence of Hilary Mantel’s writing, and the way in which she creates a rich and believable world through the smallest of details.

Historical fiction subgenre specialisms



Historical period specialisms

Early modern (1450–1800)
Late modern (1800–1945)


“I want to thank Pippa for her immense help. An academic working in fiction for the first time is like an explorer struggling to navigate an unknown world. Pippa not only saved me from pitfalls and wandering aimlessly, she gave me a detailed roadmap that helped me trust that the story would carry the historical research. Her detailed and insightful report has been most helpful in illuminating the best path forward. I enthusiastically recommend her.”

Jeffrey Pugh