The seamy boisterousness of Georgian London’s underworld is the
setting for Jake Arnott’s new novel The
Fatal Tree, the condemned-cell confession of a notorious female criminal.
His previous novels, notably The Long
Firm, He Kills Coppers, and truecrime have explored the rich but
violent life of 20th century crime and here he brings the 1720s alive in all
their gin-soaked, bawdy glory. He talks with Janet Ellis, herself author of
gruesome Georgian thriller The Butcher’s
Hook about this endlessly fascinating period in London’s history.