The Smart

The Smart : The True Story of Margaret Caroline Rudd and the Unfortunate Perreau Brothers

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The Smart is a true drama of eighteenth-century life with a mercurial, mysterious heroine. Caroline is a young Irishwoman who runs off to marry a soldier, comes to London and slides into a glamorous life as a high-class prostitute, a great risk-taker, possessing a mesmerising appeal. In the early 1770s, she becomes involved with the intriguing Perreau twins, identical in looks but opposite in character, one a sober merchant, the other a raffish gambler. They begin forging bonds, living in increasing luxury until everything collapses like a house of cards - and forgery is a capital offence. A brilliantly researched and marvellously evocative history, The Smart is full of the life of London streets and shots through with enduring themes - sex, money, death and fame. It bridges the gap between aristocracy and underworld as eighteenth-century society is drawn into the most scandalous financial sting of the age.

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  • Paperback | 321 pages
  • 138.7 x 199.6 x 22.9mm | 254.02g
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • facsimiles, , portraits
  • 0099286637
  • 9780099286639

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"A fascinating story in the shady life and scandalous times of Caroline Rudd... gripping reading." - "Daily Telegraph""Sarah Bakewell has written a scholarly biography that reads like a detective novel with a historical setting... full of sharp pen-portraits, lively asides and quirky details... every bit as colourful and enjoyable as the title suggests." - "Independent"

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About Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell is a curator at the Wellcome Library, London, where she stumbled across this fascinating story. She has written for publications ranging from journals of medical history to Fortean Times: this is her first book.

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