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The Thieves' Opera: The Remarkable Lives and Deaths of Jonathan Wild, Thief-taker and Jack Sheppard, House-breaker [Paperback]

Lucy Moore
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26 Nov 1998
Tells the story of Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard who were as famous in their time as Dick Turpin, and of the criminal underworld of early 18th century London which they inhabited. Originally published in 1997 by Viking.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140261648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140261646
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A riveting study of the mirky underworld of early 18th century London with lots of fascinating titbits concerning everyday Georgian life. It is liberally peppered with hilarious contemporary engravings which add to the whole atmosphere. My only criticism is that on the rare occasion Lucy confuses certain celebs with others, although only the most uptight pedants would notice and this detracts little from her colourful narrative. If you want to learn about the REAL inspiration for Dickens' Fagin and Oliver Twist then read this.
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Came across this book while reading Jenny Uglows' Biog of Hogarth and wanted to know more about this popular hero.
Great on all the details, well researched and a very good read. Its not glamourous but it lifts the veil a chink on those distant times on the streets of London.
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