From Gay's Beggars' Opera and Hogarth's Industry and Idleness to the 1969 film Where's Jack, the exploits of Jack Sheppard, burglar and escapologist extraordinaire, and Jonathan Wild, gang boss who for twelve years convinced the Establishment of his probity, have lived in song, drama and story for almost three centuries. Now Lucy Moore takes us deep into their world - the gaudy, bawdy, rowdy and dangerous London underworld of the early eighteenth century - and shows how in that violent yet oddly intimate society two very different criminals who brought about each other's downfall could in the process achieve immortality in the popular imagination.
'Lucy Moore's account... vividly recreates the turbulent London underworld of the 1720s, and reminds us that crime never really changes.'
Stella Tillyard, Mail on Sunday
- Publication Date:
- 27 / 02 / 1999
- 129 x 198mm