Ruth Richardson is a historian and the author of a number of books. Her new book, Dickens & the Workhouse, was released by Oxford University Press on May 10th. Her most recent book is The Making of Mr. Gray's Anatomy (2008, also published by Oxford University Press), which was described by The Wall Street Journal as "one of those rarities, history that reads like a novel." That book won the 2009 Medical Journalists' Open Book Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Affiliated Scholar in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Humanities and Medicine, Hong Kong University.