By Sally Worboyes
An absorbing, frigtening, brilliant novel from the author of Over Bethnal Green and At the Mile End Gate
When Mary Dean is suddenly and tragically orphaned, she must find an extra source of income if she and her young brother want to escape the workhouse. The matchbox factory where she works pays poorly and she is desperate. Tempted by the lure of the House of Assignation, she accepts an invitation and becomes a courtesan in the exclusive establishment. Her very first client, Sir Walter, is entranced by her beauty and innocence, he insists that she be his and his alone. But another threat lurks in the shadows. Her neighbour, a midwife, righteous in her hatred of prostitution, holds the key to a menacing secret. She knows the identity of the terrifying Whitechapel murderer...the infamous Jack the Ripper. Mary has no idea of the peril she has placed herself in or the intentions of those who surround her. Who can she trust...if anyone?
Sally Worboyes was born and grew up in Stepney. She has written plays broadcast on Radio Four, and adapted her own play and novel, WILD HOPS, as a musical, THE HOP-PICKERS.
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07 Mar 2002
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A ripping yarn — Bury Free Press
Unbridled passions run riot — Daily Mail on WILD HOPS
Sizzles with passion — Guardian on WILD HOPS
It's a rich, vivid, three-dimensional, gutsy and sexy narrative which has you turning the pages into the early hours — Eastern Daily Press on WILD HOPS
An excellent book combining humour and passion — Telegraph & Argus
A gutsy tale set in Victorian London — Brentwood Gazette
This saga of London's East End in the 40s captures the vibrant spirit and the resilience and character of the people who lived there — Newcastle Evening Chronicle