The Fatal Tree - A True & Genuine Account of the Life of Elizabeth Lyon is Jake Arnott's brilliant new novel - a scandalous romance set in the underworld of early 18th-century London's bawdy academies and molly houses.
Elizabeth Lyon - known as Edgworth Bess - is in Newgate, reciting her life-story to Grub Street hack Billy Archer. The tale she tells is one of crime, misfortune, depravity - love and betrayal; it is a road that is leading her straight to the Tyburn gallows.
This evening Jake will be discussing the book and the Covent Garden underworld in which it is set with fellow author Max Décharné, whose own new book, Vulgar Tongues - An Alternative History of English Slang, traces the story of how the language of Shakespeare fragmented and twisted down the centuries into all kinds of shapes, as pickpockets, beggars, sailors, musicians, whores, and others seized the King's or Queen's English by the throat and took it to places it would probably regret in the morning.
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