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The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet

The Great Victorian Jewel Thief

By Duncan Hamilton

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2012
In October 1898, on route to Paris Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland s jewels were stolen from her train carriage. More than 40 pieces, worth nearly o2m today, disappeared that night and the perpetrator along with them. It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committed this most daring and well planned theft had already committed nine almost identical crimes. A man who wore bespoke suits and handmade shoes; who used a dozen pseudonyms to dust over his tracks; who belonged to three smart London clubs and lived in the luxury of West End hotels; whose staple diet was champagne and whisky; who was pursued by London s top detectives for five and a half years and by their own admission proved smarter than them; and who fell so much in love with a women who he would steal for and lie for but who would eventually betray him. The true story of the most notorious Victorian Jewel thief, The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet has all the hallmarks of the finest detective fiction, but has romance at its heart and a love story which endured on Harry s part for the rest of his lif

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A dramatic and compelling true story about a Victorian jewel thief from a prize-winning author

About the Author

Duncan Hamilton is the author of Provided You Don't Kiss Me- 20 Years with Brian Clough which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for 2007. In 2009, he was awarded the William Hill, again, for Harold Larwood, as well as winning the prestigious Wisden Book of the Year for 2009 and biography of the year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards. He lives in the Yorkshire Dales.

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"That anecdote, one of many in a pacey book by the moonlighting sports historian Duncan Hamilton, illustrates well the absurdities of etiquette in Victorian Britain that made Harry's colourful career possible." -- Brian Schofield * Sunday Times * "Backed by newspaper accounts of the day, Duncan Hamilton's biography is colourful, entertaining and well-researched." * Manchester Evening News * "[Hamilton] tells a lively tale with verve and panache that do justice to his incorrigible subject" * Country Life * "The astonishing true story of the most notorious jewel theif in Victorian London, this has all the hallmarks of the finest detective novel, but has romance at its heart and a love stort that endured to the very end of Harry's life." * Western Morning News *

EAN: 9780099537953
ISBN: 0099537958
Publisher: Windmill Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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