Kate Williams

The Pleasures of Men
  • The Pleasures of Men

  • Dark and compelling, The Pleasures of Men is a gothic thriller which marks Kate Williams as a stunning new voice in historical fiction.

    Spitalfields, 1840.
    A murderer nicknamed The Man of Crows.
    A heroine with a mysterious past and a vivid imagination.


    Catherine Sorgeiul lives with her Uncle in a rambling house in London's East End. When a murderer strikes, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a crow's beak, Catherine is fascinated, and devours news of his exploits.

    As the murders cause panic throughout the city, she comes to believe she can channel the voices of his victims and that they will lead her to The Man himself. But she's already far closer than she realises - and lurking behind the lies she's been told about her past are secrets more deadly and devastating than anything her imagination can conjure.

    'Wonderfully imaginative and gripping' Times

    'Intense, intelligent and hugely entertaining' Guardian

    'Intoxicating and disturbing . . . a soaring talent let loose' Independent on Sunday

    'A juicy book, with sumptuous period detail and crammed with intrigue' Sunday Telegraph

    'Fans of Sarah Watesr will love this' Good Housekeeping

    'A spine-tingling and seductive thriller' Woman & Home

Kate studied at Oxford and London and is the author of two non-fiction books: England's Mistress: the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton and Becoming Queen. She lives in London. The Pleasures of Men is her first novel.

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