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  • Published: 8 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448153916
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

The Covent Garden Ladies

By the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of THE FIVE: THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER

By the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author and Baillie Gifford prize-winner for non-fiction.

From the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling and prizewinning 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----------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' INDEPENDENTWHAT READERS ARE SAYING:*****'Brilliant. Full of intelligent insight which brings this period to vibrant life' *****'A wonderful insight into sheer survival of women during this period'*****'A fascinating, breath-taking journey back in time'

  • Published: 8 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448153916
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Hallie Rubenhold

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. By drawing upon a wealth of formerly unseen archival material and adding a full historical context to the victims' lives, The Five changes the narrative of these murders for ever. Rubenhold's books include Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as 'The Scandalous Lady W', and Covent Garden Ladies: The Extraordinary Story of Harris's List, which inspired the ITV series 'Harlots'. She has also written two acclaimed novels of female intrigue, revenge and betrayal: Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson. She lives in London with her husband.

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Praise for The Covent Garden Ladies

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.

Daily Telegraph

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)

Mail on Sunday

The Covent Garden Ladies has all the atmosphere and edge of a good novel combined with the erudition and scholarship of history at its best. With this magnificent debut Hallie Rubenhold deserves to storm the literary world.

Frances Wilson

A marvellous read – I absolutely loved these divinely irresistible rascals and the brilliant telling of their escapades.

Leonie Frieda

A scandalous tale

BBC History Magazine

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