Monica Kendall

Monica Kendall is the great-great-granddaughter of Rev. Evan and Eliza Jenkins, who looked after the Brontë sisters in Brussels in the 1840s, while her three times great-uncle was the incumbent at Pudsey church for many years, having been given his first job as a clergyman by Patrick Brontë. She was born in London and was a book editor for many years, including spells as a Hansard reporter at the House of Lords. She has a Master’s degree from Oxford University, and another from University College London. Having moved to North Wales, she is currently doing a PhD in the Department of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University. Lies and the Brontës: The Quest for the Jenkins Family (2021) is her third book. She previously edited John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi (2004) and the secret diary of a teenage great-aunt trapped in occupied Brussels during World War I, Miss Cavell Was Shot: The Diaries of Amy Hodson, 1914–1920 (2015).