The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Previous projects


These are the books and essays that I’ve published or which will be coming out in the next few months:


Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2016).

Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-57 (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

– with H.G. Cocks (eds.), Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2005).

– with Sarah Newman, The Press and Popular Culture in Interwar Europe (Routledge, 2014).

Journal special issue

– with Sarah Newman, ‘The Press and Popular Culture in Interwar Europe’, Journalism Studies, 14 (5) 2013.



‘On the Emptiness of the Glory Hole, and Other Non Problems,’ Modernism / Modernity, forthcoming 2016.

‘The Historian and the Trickster,’ Tank Magazine, 8 (5) Autumn 2015.

‘Queer Things: Men and Make-up in Interwar London,’ in Hannah Greig, Jane Hamlett and Leonie Hannan (eds.), Gender and Material Culture in Britain after 1600 (Palgrave, 2015)

– with Sarah Newman, ‘Introduction: The Press and Popular Culture in Interwar Europe’, Journalism Studies, 14 (5) 2013.

‘Thinking Queer: The Social and the Sexual in Interwar Britain’, in Brian Lewis (ed.), British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (Manchester University Press, 2013).

Commodifying the Self Within: Ghosts, Libels and the Crook Lifestory in Interwar Britain’, Journal of Modern History, 85 (2) 2013, pp.321-63.

Fashioning an Ex-Crook Self: Citizenship and Criminality in the work of Netley Lucas’, Twentieth Century British History, 24 (1) 2013, pp.1-30.

A Pin to See the Peep Show: Culture, Fiction and Selfhood in the Letters of Edith Thompson’, Past and Present, 207 2010, pp.251-49.

‘Daring to Speak Whose Name? Queer Cultural Politics: 1920-1967’, in Marcus Collins (ed.), The Permissive Society and its Enemies (Rivers Oram, 2008).

The Man with the Powder Puff in Interwar London’, Historical Journal, 50 (1) 2007, pp.145-171.

– with Chris Waters, ‘The Heart in Exile: Detachment and Desire in 1950s London’, History Workshop Journal, 62, 2006.

‘Introduction’ and ‘Cities’ in H.G. Cocks and Matt Houlbrook (eds.), Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2005).

‘Sexing the History of Sexuality’, History Workshop Journal, 60 (1) 2005, pp. 216-222.

Soldier Heroes and Rent Boys: Homosex, Masculinities and Britishness in the Brigade of Guards: c.1900-1960’, Journal of British Studies, 42 (3) 2003, pp. 351-388.

Gay and Lesbian History at the National Archives: An Introduction’, National Archives online publication.

‘“Lady Austin’s Camp Boys”: Constituting the Queer Subject in 1930s London’, Gender and History, 14 (1) 2002, pp. 31-61.

Towards a Historical Geography of Sexuality’, Journal of Urban History, 2 (4) 2001, pp. 497-504.

‘For Whose Convenience? Gay Guides, Cognitive Maps and the Construction of Homosexual London: 1917–1967’, in Simon Gunn and RJ Morris (eds.), Identities in Space: Contested Terrains in the Western City since 1850 (Ashgate, 2001) pp. 165-186.

The Private World of Public Urinals: London 1918-1957’, London Journal, 25 (1) 2000, pp. 52-70.


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