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A macabre and chilling piece of Victoriana filled with strange occurrences and behind-the-veil happenings. One cannot help thinking of Jack the Ripper in this series of sinister murders, but this is more than just a wannabe or a fictionalised retelling. It is a dark, psychological exposition and well worth a read.

If you like Kate Williams you might also like to read books by Ian McEwan, Sebastian Faulks and Diane Setterfield.

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Synopsis

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

Kate Williams' first novel, The Pleasures of Men , is a gothic thriller with a splash of brutal murder. Spitalfields, 1840. A murderer nicknamed The Man of Crows. A heroine with a mysterious past and a vivid imagination. Catherine Sorgeiul lives with her Uncle in a rambling house in London's East End. When a murderer strikes, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a crow's beak, Catherine is fascinated, and devours news of his exploits. As the murders cause panic throughout the city, she comes to believe she can channel the voices of his victims and that they will lead her to The Man himself. But she's already far closer than she realises - and lurking behind the lies she's been told about her past are secrets more deadly and devastating than anything her imagination can conjure. Dark and compelling, The Pleasures of Men marks Kate Williams as a stunning new voice in historical fiction. Wonderfully imaginative and gripping . ( The Times ). Intense, intelligent and hugely entertaining . ( Guardian ). Intoxicating and disturbing...Shows a soaring talent let loose . ( Independent on Sunday ). Fans of Sarah Waters will love this . ( Good Housekeeping ). A spine-tingling and seductive thriller . ( Woman & Home ). Kate Williams is an academic and historian who specialises in social history. Her first two historical biographies, England's Mistress , and Becoming Queen , were widely acclaimed and the Independent called her 'one of our finest young historians'. She discusses history regularly on TV and radio, including Newsnight , BBC Breakfast , The One Show and the Today Programme , covered the Royal Wedding for the BBC and presented a Timewatch programme on Queen Victoria. She is the social historian on Restoration Home with Caroline Quentin. Kate has a DPhil from Oxford and two MAs from London, and teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.

Reviews

'Pitch-perfect ... This intoxicating and disturbing novel is properly thrilling and extraordinarily well-written' Independent on Sunday

'A dark story of murder and obsession' Elle

'An eerie murder mystery set in the corrupt heart of Victorian London' Marie Claire Good Book Club pick

'Part-bodice-ripper, part-slasher, the book's elaborate plot moves along at a brisk clip with a nod to the likes of Sarah Waters and Peter Ackroyd' Daily Mail

'A sure-footed evocation of seamy Victorian London' The Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Kate Williams studied her BA at Somerville College, Oxford where she was a College Scholar and received the Violet Vaughan Morgan University Scholarship. She then took her MA at Queen Mary, University of London and her DPhil at Oxford. Kate's first book was England's Mistress: the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton and her second, Becoming Queen was about the passionate youth of Queen Victoria and Princess Charlotte. She was also a consultant on the movie Young Victoria which starred Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and has appeared on the Today programme and as a guest reviewer on Newsnight Review in addition to presenting a programme about Queen Victoria for BBC2's Timewatch.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2012

Author

Kate Williams

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Author's Website

www.kate-williams.com
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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780241954546

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