Author Broadcaster Historian

Welcome to my website and thank you for taking the time to explore it

2024 is the 100th anniversary
of the disappearance of George
Mallory and Sandy Irvine on
Everest. Re-released to mark
the centenary, Fearless on
Everest: The Quest for Sandy
can be ordered with a
signed dedication if required
by emailing me on

My work focuses on people faced with extraordinary circumstances. The Second World War has proved a rich seam and I have written about many aspects of it including evacuees, women on the Home Front, fashion in wartime, requisitioned country houses and, most recently, the remarkable editor of VOGUE, Audrey Withers.

Dressed for War has been optioned by Gaumont TV UK to be developed into a drama series.

My 2013 book Jambusters was the inspiration for ITV’s successful drama series Home Fires which ran for two seasons in 2015 and 2016 and was watched by more than 6 million viewers per episode in the UK alone. It aired in 135 territories worldwide.

Details of my work and lectures can be found using the menu on the left.

“Wonderful … Summers handles her source material confidently and colourfully”

Daily Telegraph

“Summers is a good and knowledgeable writer … powerful, emotional stuff”


“Striking, often heartwarming, but sometimes tragic. They are stories that touch us all, even today”

Daily Mail

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