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Dot Allbones was the youngest of her large Midlands family. With no beauty, and few prospects, she was lucky to discover a lucrative talent – she can make people laugh. Now the queen of London’s music hall stage, Dot feels she’s not done badly. She has her audience, her independence, and enough money for champagne: a good life.

Pretty, popular orphan Kate Eddowes was an unlikely childhood friend for Dot. The older girl’s beauty was bound to take her places, and sure enough Kate soon left, lured away by love and the prospect of adventure.

A chance encounter on a London street years later makes it clear that Kate’s life has not gone according to plan. Though poor and alone, she retains her indomitable spirit. But this is Whitechapel in 1888, and the shadowy streets are no place for a desperate woman to wander . . .

With her inimitable sharpness and wry wit, Laurie Graham brings to life the bustling pleasures and not-so-hidden dangers of life in a crowded city with its extremes of poverty and wealth. And all the while, in the shadows, lurks the lacerating threat of the Ripper.


Why is Laurie Graham not carried on people's shoulders through cheering crowds? Her books are brilliant!
Marian Keyes
A delightfully smart and sophisticated historical novelist
Sunday Times
What a wonderful, life-enhancing, truly funny writer she is
Elizabeth Buchan
One of my favourite writers
Wendy Holden
Laurie Graham is one of my favourite writers, now and ever
Libby Purves
A tour de force . . . will have you laughing and crying in equal measure
Daily Mail
Another gem from Laurie Graham
Red magazine
Mistress of atmosphere and smart humour Laurie Graham takes us deep into the landscape of the Whitechapel Mystery
Sainsbury's Magazine
Poignant and unsentimental, Dot's whiplash humour had me cheering
Daily Mail
The sheer panache with which Graham conjures up the era's music halls ... is particularly appealing and the author is to be congratulated on creating a story in which, for once, a victim of the Ripper rather than the East End bogeyman himself takes centre stage
Sunday Times
[Graham's] strength is the voice of her narrator, Dot ... a wonderful companion
The Times
Another gem from the should-be-bigger-than-Jesus Laurie Graham
Red Magazine