Matthew Sweet is a writer and broadcaster with a doctorate in Wilkie Collins. He has been a director's assistant for the RSC, both film and TV critic of The Independent on Sunday, and edited the Penguin Classic edition of The Woman in White. His first book, Inventing the Victorians (2001), put figures such as Ah Sing the Shadwell opium master, Julia Pastrana the Baboon Lady and the Bipenis Boy back into the story of the nineteenth century. His book entitled Shepperton Babylon, uses candid interviews with nonagenarian survivors to recreate the lost world of the British film studio system, with all its gossip, scandals and tragedies. He currently writes for both Independent titles and has a monthly movie column in Red magazine.