• The Covent Garden Ladies

  • Pimp General Jack & The Extraordinary Story of Harris' List
  • By: Hallie Rubenhold
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Covent Garden Ladies tells the story of Samuel Derrick, Jack Harris, and Charlotte Hayes, whose complicated and colorful lives were brought together by the publication of Harris' List, an infamous guidebook of prostitutes which detailed addresses, physical characteristics, and "specialties". The true history of the book is a tragicomedy motivated by poverty, passionate love, aspiration, and shame. Its telling plunges the listener down the dark alleys of 18th-century London's underworld, a realm populated by tavern owners, pimps, punters, card sharps, and of course, a colorful range of prostitutes and brothel-keepers.

©2005 Hallie Rubenhold (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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An interesting topic

Good for a deep dive into social politics. Just a little slow in narrative and narration. The author did well with the tiny bit of historical data we have to rely on.