Suzie Grogan

Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War's Legacy for Britain's Mental Health by Suzie Grogan

Around 80,000 men were diagnosed with shell shock in the First World War, but this is a gross underestimate. Thousands more men, women and children were affected by the psychological trauma of war and its aftermath. How did those four years of
conflict affect the way we view the mental health of those devastated by their experience of war, whether directly or indirectly?

Shell Shocked Britain also examines the psychological impact of devastating air raids that brought the war, literally, into the domestic lives of the Home Front, and the Spanish influenza epidemic that killed thousands whilst war still raged.

How did post-war British society cope? Why did spiritualism and the Spiritualist Church appeal so strongly to the bereaved, with ‘celebrity’ endorsements from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Oliver Lodge? 

Shell Shocked Britain also looks at the legacy of shell shock for modern attitudes to mental health issues and lessons for future conflicts.

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The Marrow Scoop: A Tale of Antique Terror by Suzie Grogan

Gothic ghost stories to send a shiver down the spine...
'The Marrow Scoop' and 'The Ponyskin Trunk' are set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and pay homage to the great ghost stories of M.R. James. Traditional, creepy and full of shadows, they will inspire you to look at antiques and artefacts from the past in a new, and perhaps more cautious, way... 
A small but interesting collection, perfect for reading by the fireside. Just make sure you are not alone...

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About Suzie Grogan

Suzie is, by profession, a writer of non-fiction, fiction, features, web copy and the occasional poem. She writes for what passes for a living and because she just has to in order to stay sane. She has now been writing features on women's issues, mental health and family and social history for the past five  years and has had three books published, the most recent, Death, Disease & Dissection: The life of a surgeon-apothecary 1750-1850 was published by Pen and Sword Books in 2017. She is currently working on her third commission for the same publisher, on the poet John Keats, with a fourth in the pipeline.  

Suzie is a popular blogger on a wide range of topics – from poetry to politics via flapjack- at No Wriggling out of Writing, and an experienced researcher, giving regular talks on her work to a wide range of audiences. She also manages community social history projects, including the Wiveliscombe Children of the Great War HLF Project running from 2014 to 2016. A law graduate with a post-graduate diploma in Research & Consultancy, awarded with distinction, Suzie has been freelance since 2001.

Her fortnightly show on Somerset local radio station, 10Radio, called 'Talking Books' is something Suzie is particularly proud of. Broadcast for the past five years, the programme features lively chat with local and national authors about their work and highlights the value of the written and spoken word. To find out more and listen in to some of her past shows go to her SoundCloud podcast stream at

Born in London and a regular in the Lake District Suzie is now living on the Somerset/Devon border with her husband and her Romanian rescue dog Teddy. She has two children - one a philosopher, one a high flying high jumper- who are far more grown-up than she is.

Her long-standing passion for poetry, especially John Keats, has led to the wicked rumour that there are three people in her marriage....




Twitter: @Keatsbabe


Dandelions and Bad Hair Days 

Mental illness can affect anyone. No walk of life, career or privilege offers immunity and one in four will experience mental ill health at some point in their lives. Yet the stigma remains and discrimination is still common.

This book is an attempt to challenge that stigma and inspire others. The pieces vary widely - from a straightforward account of depression to the heartbreak of a parent at the loss of a child.

Poetry and prose combine to offer stories of suffering and pain, but also hope, laughter and life. The authors are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends. They are everyone; all of us. This book could save your life.

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Death, Disease & Dissection: The Life of a Surgeon Apothecary 1750 - 1850 by Suzie Grogan

Imagine performing surgery on a patient without anaesthetic, administering medicine that could kill or cure. Welcome to the world of the surgeon-apothecary...

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries significant changes occurred in medicine. New treatments were developed and medical training improved. Yet, with doctors' fees out of the reach of ordinary people, most relied on the advice of their local apothecary, among them, the poet John Keats, who worked at Guys Hospital in London. These men were the general practitioners of their time, making up pills and potions for everything from toothache to childbirth.

Death, Disease and Dissection examines the vital role these men played their training, the role they played within their communities, the treatments they offered, both quack and reputable against the shocking sights and sounds in hospitals and operating theatres of the time. Suzie Grogan transports readers through 100 years of medical history, exploring the impact of illness and death and bringing the experiences of the surgeon apothecary vividly to life.

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