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

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

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by Sarah Bakewell
     
 

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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

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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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Daily Telegraph
A fascinating story of the shady life and scandalous times of Caroline Rudd… gripping reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781446483671
Publisher:
RANDOM HOUSE
Publication date:
06/08/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah Bakewell is a Curator at the Wellcome Library, London, where she stumbled across this fascinating story. This is her first book.

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Smart: The True Story of Margaret Caroline Rudd and the Unfortunate Perreau Brothers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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