a few more releases in 2010

by San Cruickshank

Release Date:  November 23, 2010

Georgian London evokes images of elegant mannered buildings, but it was also a city where prostitution was rife and houses of ill repute widespread in a sex trade that employed thousands. In London’s Sinful Secret, Dan Cruickshank explores this erotic Georgian underworld and shows how it affected almost every aspect of life and culture in the city from the smart new streets that sprang up in Marylebone, to the squalid alleys around Charing Cross to the coffee houses, where prostitutes plied their trade, to the work of artists such as William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds. Cruickshank uses memoirs, newspaper accounts and court records to create a surprisingly bawdy portrait of London at its most-mannered and, for the first time, exposes its secret, sinful underside.

by Deborah Swift

Release Date:  November 23, 2010

1660. King Charles II has returned from exile, but memories of the English Civil War still rankle. There are old scores to settle; and religious differences threaten to overturn a fragile peace. Alice Ibbetson is passionate about painting wild flowers. When she discovers a rare orchid, the Lady’s Slipper, growing in a wood belonging to Richard Wheeler, she is captivated by its beauty— though Wheeler, a Quaker fired by his newfound faith, is determined to keep the flower where God intended it to grow. Knowing that the orchid is the last of its kind, Alice resolves to find a way to preserve it for future generations. She steals the plant, little dreaming that her seemingly simple act will set off a chain of events that will lead to murder and exile and change her life forever.

Vivid, gripping, and intensely atmospheric, The Lady’s Slipper is a novel about beauty, faith, and loyalty, and marks the emergence of an exquisite new voice in historical fiction



  1. Lady's Slipper sounds wonderful - I'm always fascinated by women who transcended their time to be artists. This will go on my list!

  2. As EVERY SINGLE non-fiction book about Georgian London ends up on my wish list, thank you so much for London's Sinful Secret!

  3. Thank you for highlighting my book, "The Lady's Slipper." Dan Cruickshank's book sounds excellent. I haven't come across it before in the UK, but it sounds like one I would find really useful.

  4. London's Sinful Secret sounds wonderful! I am going to be adding it to my wish list. Thanks for the spotlight on these books!

  5. Both sound very interesting. The book on London should give us lots of good insight into the town and time,
    THE LADY'S SLIPPER sounds like a good story.


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