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The Smart

A true drama of 18th-century life, featuring a mysterious heroine - Caroline, a high-class prostitute who became involved with a financial scam (or "smart") with the intriguing Perreau twins. At the trial, the twins were executed and she was freed. But was she really innocent?


'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


Agent: Zoë Waldie
Territories: English: Chatto & Windus
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