Therese Oneill: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Therese Oneill

Historian,Humorist, and the author of the New York Times Bestselling book "Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex Marriage and Manners."

She specializes in digging into the forgotten corners of history to find things our ancestors would probably rather keep hidden. From the logistical complexities of menstruating when all underwear was crotchless, to explaining how urban factories 175 years ago set in motion sordid events that created today's Planned Parenthood.

Oneill's presentations are extremely visual (if you've never seen a sheep's intestine condemn, it's high time you did) and steadfastly funny despite the serious nature of some of the topics. Her work is frank and minutely detailed, but always good-natured and never vulgar, making her appropriate for a wide range of ages and sensibilities.

Her work has appeared in many places, including The Atlantic, Jezebel, Mental Floss, The Week, and Bustle.

Interested in booking Therese Oneill to speak at your next event?

Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau.


  • Idle Hands: How the Industrial Revolution Made Every Man an Expert in Menstruation
  • "Abandon Your Modesty with Your Petticoats": Surprising Truths about Sex in Victorian Society

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