AN Amblecote author with a passion for history is celebrating the release of her seventh book.

Michelle Higgs, aged 42, invites readers to step into the past and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian England - an era she is fascinated with.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England, blends accurate historical details with compelling stories to bring the period to life and is described as a must-read for social history fans, costume drama lovers, or anyone with an interest in the nineteenth century.

Mrs Higgs, of Vale Street, has previously penned books about Victorian workhouses, prisons and hospitals, but this is the first time she has delved into general Victorian social history.

She said: “I’ve been fascinated by the Victorian period for more than 20 years and I love looking for the little details that bring the story to life.

“I’ve always wanted to write a book like this, so it’s a dream come true to finally see it in print.”

The next book by Mrs Higgs, a supply teacher and freelance writer, will focus on stories of domestic service, told from the servants’ point of view.

A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England is available from Amazon, priced £11.74.