Rachel Holmes is a writer.
From 1991 to 1998, she held lectureships in English at Queen Mary College, University of London and the University of Sussex. In 1998 she became part of the launch team of Amazon.co.uk, where she was Web Site Manager until 2002.
Her first book, Scanty Particulars: The Life of Dr James Barry, was published to critical acclaim in 2002, and is out in a new edition in February 2007. Her next book, The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2007, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the former British empire.
She is currently writing her third book, a life and political times of Eleanor Marx.
Rachel is a broadcaster, columnist, and reviewer, and is Secretary of Friends of TAC, the organisation that supports the Treatment Action Campaign in the fight for HIV and AIDS in South Africa.