Biographies
The Marquess of Queensberry

The Marquess of Queensberry

WILDE’S NEMESIS The Marquess of Queensberry is as famous for his role in the downfall of one of our greatest literary geniuses as he was for helping establish the rules for modern-day boxing. The trial and two-year imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, lover of Queensberry’s son, Lord Alfred Douglas, remains one of literary history’s great tragedies.…

Notorious Blasted Rascal

Notorious Blasted Rascal

Colonel Charteris and the Servant-Girl’s Revenge This is the true story of the infamous Colonel Francis Charteris, card-sharp, fraud, extortioner, and serial rapist, who believed that he could use his ill-gotten fortune to buy his way out of any trouble. For many years this was true – and then he met his match in a…

Whiteley’s Folly

Whiteley’s Folly

The Life and Death of a Salesman. This is the rags to riches to murder story of William Whiteley, founder of Whiteleys stores Bayswater. This iconic larger-than-life character started his business with just one small shop and went on to manage an empire covering fourteen acres and employing 6,000 people. What was the secret of…

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