Wisdom and Rubies: A tale of crime and misadventure in nineteenth century London

Wisdom and Rubies: A tale of crime and misadventure in nineteenth century London

by J F Slattery

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ISBN-13: 9781500406820
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/10/2014
Pages: 458
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

J. F. Slattery was born in Essex, England, in 1950. In the course of a varied education he studied Classics, social history and German - the latter at London University, after which he spent twenty years teaching German literature and philosophy to university students. During this time he published scholarly articles on Heine, Thomas and Erika Mann, and the history of the BBC German Service. In 1995 he decided he could not stand the university world for another moment, so he escaped. In 1996 he founded Slattery Translations, an international business, which in 2000 he relocated to Portugal. He lives in Cascais, near Lisbon. He is the author of Before the Beak: True Stories from the London Police Courts in 1830 and Wisdom and Rubies: A tale of crime and misadventure in nineteenth century London. He is currently working on a sequel to Wisdom and Rubies, to be entitled The Scapegoat.

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Wisdom and Rubies: A tale of crime and misadventure in nineteenth century London 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fictional recollection of events as witnessed by barrister Adolphus Winterbourne, and as experienced by his nephew Arthur Marshall and his friend Horatio Carlton in 19th Century London. The tale, said to have been based on events as reported in The Times in 1830 (reference the Maria Wallace hoax), is narrated by Winterbourne who defended both Arthur & Horatio, when a series of misfortunes befall the two naive young men. Once the hoax has occurred, the story starts to pick up and you are drawn into 19th Century London, its seedy underworld where theft was rampant, its class system defined by an influx of immigrants, and the development of the fledgling police force under Robert Peel. Of the real crime itself, I could find little - which is a shame as this would have been most interesting to read. ~~~ Melisende