1pm – 2pm
Daughters of Night
with Jake Kerridge
£12.00 per person
London, 1782. Desperate for her politician husband to return home from France, Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham is already in a state of anxiety when she finds a well-dressed woman mortally wounded in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constables are swift to act, until they discover that the deceased woman was a highly-paid prostitute, at which point they cease to care entirely. But Caro has motives of her own for wanting to see justice done, and so sets out to solve the crime herself. Enlisting the help of a thieftaker, Peregrine Child, their inquiry delves into the hidden corners of Georgian society, a world of artifice, deception and secret lives.
The Times said of Daughters of Night: ‘The best historical crime novel I will read this year’.
Laura Shepherd-Robinson worked in politics for nearly 20 years before re-entering normal life to complete an MA in Creative Writing at City University. Blood & Sugar, her first novel, won the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown, was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month, and a Guardian and Telegraph novel of the year.
Laura will be in conversation with Jake Kerridge, journalist and critic. He has been the crime fiction reviewer of the Telegraph since 2005.