The Smart is a true drama of eighteenth-century life with a mercurial, mysterious heroine. Caroline is a young Irishwoman who runs off to London and slides into a glamorous life as a high-class prostitute. In the early 1770s, she becomes involved with the intriguing Perreau twins. They begin forging bonds, living in increasing luxury until everything collapses like a house of cards. A brilliantly researched and evocative history, The Smart is full of the life of London streets, and shot through with enduring themes—sex, money, death and fame.
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Britain was on the verge of war with America, yet foreign affairs were far from the thoughts of Londoners, spellbound by the proceedings of two spectacular trials, one involving a strange pair of twins, and the other an elegant young woman. Caroline Rudd had left Ireland for London where she came to enjoy a glamorous life as a high-class prostitute. Her mesmerizing charisma attracted the identical but opposite Perreau twins ? one a sober merchant, the other a raffish gambler. Caroline and the twins forged bonds and lived in luxury until everything collapsed like a house of cards and charges of forgery were laid. Meticulously researched, this evocative history brilliantly bridges the gap between aristocracy and underworld, as eighteenth-century society is drawn into the most scandalous financial ?smart? of the age.
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“A fascinating story in the shady life and scandalous times of Caroline Rudd... gripping reading.” – Daily Telegraph
“Sarah Bakewell has written a scholarly biography that reads like a detective novel with a historical setting... full of sharp pen-portraits, lively asides and quirky details... every bit as colourful and enjoyable as the title suggests.” – Independent
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Book Description Random House UK, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099286637
Book Description Random House UK, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099286637