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Hallie Rubenhold

The Covent Garden Ladies
  • The Covent Garden Ladies

  • ***By the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of THE FIVE***
    'A fascinating expose of the seamy side of eighteenth century life' MAIL ON SUNDAY
    'Rubenhold's pages practically reek with smelly, pox-ridden Georgian Soho' GUARDIAN
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    In 1757, a down-and-out Irish poet, the head waiter at the Shakespear's Head Tavern in Covent Garden, and a celebrated London courtesan became bound together by the publication of a little book: Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies. This salacious work - detailing the names and 'specialities' of the capital's sex-workers- became one of the eighteenth century's most scandalous bestsellers.

    Yet beyond its titillating passages lies a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and died by its profits - a tragicomic opera of the Georgian era, motivated by poverty, passionate love, aspiration and shame.

    In this modern and visceral narrative, historian Hallie Rubenhold reveals the story behind Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, and the legion of ordinary women whose lives in the sex trade history has chosen to ignore.


    'Scrupulously researched' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    'Crackles with drama and tension' GUARDIAN

    'Compelling and ingenious' INDEPENDENT


    WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

    'This book is an absolute 'must'-read for any person interested in English social history' 5 ****
    'Fascinating' 5 ****
    'Brilliant. Full of intelligent insight which brings this period to vibrant life' 5 ****

Hallie Rubenhold is the Number One Sunday Times bestselling and Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction prize-winning social historian whose expertise lies in revealing stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history. As well as The Covent Garden Ladies, Rubenhold's works of non-fiction include the award-winning and Number One bestselling The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper and Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as 'The Scandalous Lady W'. Her latest work of non-fiction, Bad Women, the story of the disappeared wives and partner of Dr Crippen, is due to be published in 2022. She has also written two acclaimed novels Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson which are a feminist homage to the literary tropes of the Eighteenth Century. She lives in London with her husband. Meet her @HallieRubenhold


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