Nicola King, BA (Hons), MPhil
Location: NEWPORT PAGNELL
Membership Grade: Advanced Professional Member
I work mostly on general academic, history, memoirs and archaeological books, and I am happy to consider other subject areas and types of books, including cookery. Editors, authors and providers of publishing services are among my clients, as well as traditional publishers. I studied archaeology at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, worked as an archaeological project manager and finds supervisor, and attained the Associate grade (AIFA) membership of the Institute for Archaeologists. I have also worked in the areas of domestic energy efficiency policy and testing and trialling consumer products for Which? magazine. I have been a church bell ringer for over 30 years.
I am available all year, including over the summer and other school holidays.
You can follow me on Twitter @icemaiden1964 and my website includes more information about the books I have indexed.
Index clients include: Cambridge University McDonald Institute, East Anglian Archaeology, Equinox, Historic England, Oxbow, The Prehistoric Society, and Thames & Hudson.
Book types include academic studies, excavation reports and collections of papers, and covered a range of locations and periods from prehistoric Dartmoor and Beaker people in Britain, via medieval Europe to Jordan.
The contemporary art scene has featured in a number of titles I have indexed recently. They include a consideration of contemporary theory, practice and instruction, art exhibited at the Freud Museums and what happens when artists don’t use their real names.
I have indexed a range of academic and general interest books including subjects as diverse as country house libraries, race horses, WWI – Americans serving in British forces, bicycles, Friends’ Ambulances, and railwaymen. Recent books have included Churchill’s role in the creation of a united Europe and the role of the British in German education after World War II.
I have indexed a number of works in English about the history of Spain and Spanish speaking countries. Subjects included the failure of the Spanish Republic, rebuilding of Islam in contemporary Spain, and British Intelligence in Spain during WWII.
Not having been put off by English Literature A level, I still read a range of modern and historic literature and other fiction. I have recently indexed books about themes of Thomas Hardy and female performers in British and American Fiction.
At the end of 2018 I was happy to revisit some of the music of my younger days indexing a book about the Northern Soul scene.
MPhil European Archaeology, Oxford University
Recent indexes include
Baker, Nigel, Pat Hughes and Richard K. Morriss, Houses of Hereford 1200- 1700, Oxbow
Evans, Christopher, Sam Lucy and Ricky Patten, Riversides: Neolithic Barrows, a Beaker Grave, Iron Age and Anglo Saxon Burials and Settlement at Trumpington, Cambridge, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Gloyn, Liz, Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture, Bloomsbury Academic
Hewitt, Simon, Leonardo da Vinci and the Book of Doom, Unicorn
Lack, David, Swifts in a Tower, Unicorn
Manley, John, ed., Secrets of the High Woods, South Downs National Park Authority
Otto, Elizabeth, Haunted Bauhaus, MIT Press
Parker Pearson, Mike et al, The Beaker People: Isotopes, Mobility and Diet in Prehistoric Britain, Prehistoric Society
Persson, Per et al., The Ecology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe: Conditions for Subsistence and Survival, Equinox
In 2019-2020 I have worked on books published by:
I B Tauris
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Royal Collection Trust
Society for Medieval Archaeology
Thames & Hudson
University of Michigan Press
Special Publication Type
I have indexed several books of biography, family history and memoirs including:
Beatrix Potter’s Secret Code Breaker by Andrew Wiltshire, about Leslie Linder who broke the code in Beatrix’s diaries.
A Bradford Pal by John Broadhead, using his father’s diary and other sources
Fresca: A life in the making by Helen Southworth, a biography of Francesca Allinson;
The Man Who Wasn’t There: A Life of Ernest Hemmingway by Richard Bradford, which looks at how Hemingway erased his own existence through a lifetime of invention and delusion;
Painter of Pedigree by Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver, a biography of family member and artist, Thomas Weaver;
Practice Matters by Andrew Willis, a memoir of a GP and the growth of General Practice, and
Slow Growth by Hal Moggridge, a memoir of a landscape architect.
William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement by Jessica Douglas-Home
During 2017 I indexed a book to accompany an exhibition of ceramics, which included essays and catalogue descriptions of the works: Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery by Martina Droth, Glenn Adamson and Simon Olding, published by Yale University Press.