Author Broadcaster Historian

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

My latest book,
British Vogue: biography
of an icon
, will be published
on 3 October 2024. It covers
the 108 years since the
magazine was founded in
London at the height of the
First World War and traces
world events through the lens
of this remarkable fashion
magazine. There is
so much more to Vogue than
just fashion and this book
celebrates the twists and turns
of the 20th and early 21st

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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