Philippa became one of the first intake of students at the Open University, and with a B.A. Hons. Degree, was accepted on to London University’s Extra-Mural Department’s panel of tutors, teaching history to adult students as well as lecturing for the National Trust and other organisations. She was General Editor for Antiquarian Books – A Companion for Booksellers, Librarians and Collectors, commissioned by Scolar Press in 1994, and reprinted in 1996. After Leo died she continued to run the business for a while, but finally gave it up to spend her time writing. She is a member of The Society of Authors and was on the committee of the Biographers Club.
Kathleen Raine, the distinguished poet, lived round the corner from the Chelsea bookshop and was a frequent customer and a good friend. After her death Philippa was authorised by the family to undertake the first biography of her – No End to Snowdrops – which brought her into contact with many of Kathleen’s friends in the literary world.
Philippa is also the author of Mithras to Mormon: A Religious History of London. To read more about her books published by Shepheard-Walwyn, click on the cover images below.