Rebecca Stott is both a novelist and an academic. As an academic she has published widely in the Victorian period including a book called The Fabrication of the Victorian Femme Fatale, a collection of essays on Tennyson and articles on Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, H.D., Virginia Woolf, Carlyle and aspects of Victorian science and Victorian poetry. For the last few years her academic work has become focused on the interface between literature and science, particularly constructions of the 'natural' in Victorian writing. She published a partial biography of Darwin in 2003 called Darwin and the Barnacle, (Faber). She is currently finishing a book on the history of evolutionary ideas before Darwin. This book entitled Speculators: Poets and Philosophers of Evolution, is a study of European intellectual migration in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It asks how these ideas mutated as they moved across geographical boundaries, in and out of different European languages and migrated between different literary and philosophical genres.
She is an affiliated scholar at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science Department at Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular contributor to (and occasional presenter for) BBC Radio programmes.
In the spring of 2007 Rebecca published a historical thriller called Ghostwalk which is published in the US (Random House) and the UK (Weidenfeld and Nicolson) and is being translated into 14 different languages. It was shortlisted for the Jelf Group First novel Award and the Author's Club First Novel Award. Set both in contemporary and seventeenth-century Cambridge it weaves together fiction and non-fiction and explores the conventions of form as well as the conventions and limitations of historical writing.