The Covent Garden Ladies

The Covent Garden Ladies : Pimp General Jack and the Extraordinary Story of Harris' List

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In 1757, a down-and-out Irish poet and a celebrated London courtesan became bound together by the publication of a little book: Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies. Hallie Rubenhold tells the story of this salacious publication which detailed the names and `specialities' of the capital's prostitutes, and became one of the eighteenth century's most successful and scandalous literary works.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 122 x 198 x 28mm | 721.22g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0752437399
  • 9780752437392
  • 550,330

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Sex toys, porn... forget Ann Summers, Miss Love was at it 250 years ago. * THE TIMES * What a marvellous read Covent Garden Ladies is - I absolutely loved these divinely irresistible rascals and the brilliant telling of their escapades. -- LEONIE FRIEDA * Author of Catherine De Medici * Scrupulously researched and cleverly structured... as lewd as goats and monkeys. -- FREYA JOHNSTON * THE DAILY TELEGRAPH * A compelling and ingenious book... Rubenhold proves herself both a keen researcher and a writer who understands narrative tension. * THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * Exposed: filthy poet pimp who wrote the Georgian gentleman's guide to prostitution... Essential reading for Georgian gentlemen in search of dangerous liaisons. * THE GUARDIAN * 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... gives us the eighteenth century underworld as it is rarely portrayed, complete with whores and whoremongers, pimps and publishers. With this magnificent debut, Hallie Rubenhold deserves to storm the literary world. -- FRANCES WILSON * Author of The Courtesan's Revenge *
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About Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold was born in Los Angeles to English parents, studied history and the history of art the University of Leeds where she received her MA and MPhil in eighteenth-century British social history. She has edited a facsimile of an edition of Harris's List (also published by Tempus) and is currently writing Lady Worsley's Whim: The Divorce that Scandalised Georgian England. She worked as the Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London before deciding to teach history and write full-time. She lives in Muswell Hill, London.
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94 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 33% (31)
4 41% (39)
3 13% (12)
2 11% (10)
1 2% (2)
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