***By the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of THE FIVE***
'A fascinating expose of the seamy side of 18th century life' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Rubenhold's pages practically reek with smelly, pox-ridden Georgian Soho' GUARDIAN
1757 - Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, a salacious publication detaling the names and 'specialities' of the capital's prostitutes, eventually became one of the eighteenth century's most successful literary works as well as an essential accessory for any serious gentleman of pleasure.
Beyond its titillating passages lay a glimpse into the sex lives of those who lived and died by the List's profits during the Georgian era.
The Covent Garden Ladies tells the story of three unusual characters whose colourful lives were brought together by this publication.
Its story plunges the reader down the dark alleys of eighteenth-century London's underworld, a realm populated by tavern owners, pimps, punters, card sharks and of course, a colourful range of prostitutes and brothel-keepers.
'Scrupulously researched' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Crackles with drama and tension' GUARDIAN
"Rubenhold proves herself both a keen researcher and a writer who understands narrative tension...a compelling and ingenious book"
"Scrupulously researched and cleverly structured... Among the scurrilous tales of 18th-century low life...this one is the most intriguing."
"A good story...impeccable..."
"Rubenhold's pages practically reek with smelly, pox-ridden Georgian Soho. She shows, with a complete lack of po-faced sermonising, the dangers of prostitution as well as the possibilities it offered, and she creates a narrative from the interrelated fortunes of her three main characters that crackles with drama and tension."
"A fascinating exposé of the seamy side of 18th century life (awarded five stars)"
Jack the Ripper is famous for brutally murdering five women in East London. But what about the women themselves? Time and time again women have taken a backseat in their own narratives, but historian Hallie Rubenhold wants to set the record straight and give the female victims back their voices.