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Hallie Rubenhold - Author

About the Author

Hallie Rubenhold is an historian and broadcaster and an authority on British 18th-century social history. She has written two works of non-fiction to critical acclaim: The Covent Garden Ladies and Lady Worsley's Whim: An Eighteenth-century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce. Hallie lives in London with her husband.

 

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The Covent Garden Ladies

The Covent Garden Ladies

Author: Hallie Rubenhold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

***By the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling 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' INDEPENDENT WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: 'This book is an absolute 'must'-read for any person interested in English social history' 5 **** 'Fascinating' 5 **** 'Brilliant. Full of intelligent insight which brings this period to vibrant life' 5 ****

The Five

The Five

Author: Hallie Rubenhold Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/02/2019

The Five

The Five

Author: Hallie Rubenhold Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/02/2019

The Scandalous Lady W

The Scandalous Lady W

Author: Hallie Rubenhold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

'Deliciously lurid' Sunday Times The Sunday Times bestselling author of The Five exposes the divorce that scandalised Georgian England. She was a spirited young heiress. He was a handsome baronet with a promising career in government. Their marriage had the makings of a fairy tale but ended as one of the most salacious and highly publicised divorces in history. For over two hundred years the story of Lady Worsley, her vengeful husband, and her lover, George Maurice Bisset, lay forgotten. Now Hallie Rubenhold throws open a window to a rarely seen view of Georgian England, one coloured by passion, adventure and the defiance of social convention. Originally published with the title Lady Worsley's Whim.

Covent Garden Ladies

Covent Garden Ladies

Author: Hallie Rubenhold Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2012

The story behind HARRIS'S LIST and the book that inspired ITV's hit drama HARLOTSIn 1757, a down-and-out Irish poet, the head-waiter at Shakespeare'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 publication detaling the names and 'specialities' of the capital's prostitutes eventually became one of the eighteenth century's most successful and scandalous literary works, selling 250,000 copies. During its heyday (1757-95) Harris's List was the essential accessory for any serious gentleman of pleasure. Yet 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: Samuel Derrick, John Harrison (aka Jack Harris) and Charlotte Hayes, whose complicated and colourful lives were brought together by this publication. The true history of the book is a tragicomic opera motivated by poverty, passionate love, aspiration and shame. 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.

The Harlot's Handbook

The Harlot's Handbook

Author: Hallie Rubenhold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

If you ever wondered what Jane Austen's Mr Darcy and his 'fellows' got up to on their numerous trips to London read this edition of the book they would have certainly carried around...Harris' List of Covent Garden Ladies was a bestseller of the eighteenth century, shifting 250,000 copies in an age before mass consumerism. An annual 'guide book', it detailed the names and 'specialities' of the capital's prostitutes. During its heyday (1757-95) Harris' List was the essential accessory for any serious gentleman of pleasure. Yet beyond its titillating passages lay a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and died by the List's profits during the Georgian era. Hallie Rubenhold has collected the funniest, ruddiest and most surreal entries penned by Jack Harris, Pimp-General-of-All-England into this hilarious book.