A Conversation for Jonathan Wild - London's First Organised Crime Lord

Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 1

Baron Grim

Jonathan Wild is one of several historical characters to appear in this very ambitious first novel. Set in 1719, this is a crime novel set around the beginnings of the stock market. In light of such modern scandals as Enron and Barrings this novel's intrigue echoes through the ages. Wilde plays a very prominent role as the hero Benjamin Weaver's antithesis. Weaver is also a thief taker, but an honest one. Therefore he is constantly at odds with Wild. While it is a work of fiction, Liss' grasp of this historical era is thorough. I'm not one that would normally be intrigued by early eighteenth century stock market intrigues, but I do highly recommend this book.


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 2

Mina

I'll keep my eye out for it. This is one of my favourite time periods for London. smiley - smiley


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 3

Baron Grim

smiley - erm..Apparently I like the word 'intrigue'... Oh, and 'set' too.

Under redundant in the dictionary it says "See Redundant". smiley - laugh


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 4

Mina

I didn't notice that, but it did take me about half an hour to read, as I kept getting distracted.


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 5

aka Bel

Brilliant entry, Mina, very fascinating, I was immediately intrigued smiley - laugh

I only wish I'd ever find the time to read all the related limks, but I started by downloading the suggested e-book smiley - ok


Bel

smiley - somersault


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 6

Mina

smiley - ta

You are braver than me, I haven't attemped to read that book yet.


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 7

aka Bel

Nor have I smiley - blush , it looks as if it's only a few pages though, so I should be able to do it one day smiley - biggrin


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 8

David B - Singing Librarian Owl

It's well worth reading, as are all of Henry Fielding's writings. Well, most of it's worth reading, but Mrs Heartfree's long-winded waffling story gets a tad annoying!

David


Further reading: A Conspiracy of Paper - by David Liss

Post 9

Mina

Only a few pages? I should be able to manage that. smiley - smiley especially if I print it off to read on the train.


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