Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.
So what’s it about then?
It doesn’t get any easier to explain what Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook is about. How do you reduce a book to a couple of sentences when the clock is ticking and someone is looking at you sceptically?
This is a book about a prolific storyteller, and the power of his stories to both evoke and unsettle the world in which he told them…
This is also a book about Britain in the 1920s and 1930s, and how Lucas’s stories offer a guide – unreliable, yet more revealing for that – to a world undergoing far-reaching change.
The easy option: copy-and-paste here, quote myself parrot-like at a coffee shop table.
It is a good question and a difficult question.
Prince of Tricksters tells a story about a life: a smooth-talking confidence trickster; an…
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