This month I'm happy to introduce a guest writer who isn't a girl, but don't worry, his new book features a particularly interesting woman from history, Edgeworth Bess, harlot and consort of gaol breaker extraordinaire, Jack Sheppard. Jake Arnott is a smart and incisive writer whose previous novels include The Long Firm, He Kills Coppers and True Crime.
His new book, The Fatal Tree, covers a period particularly close to my heart and is set in a London, as usual, riven by inequality and crime. The novel is a beautiful read, rich with criminal slang, or cant, and those of us with a penchant for the 18th century will, I am sure, love it too.
So when I had the opportunity to ask Jake Arnott about his rather special new novel The Fatal Tree, I thought I would share his reply.
And that's your lot from me. I've been a History Girl for over five years and it's been a real privilege. Thanks to Mary Hoffman and all the HGs past and present for having me. And thanks to all the lovely readers who've read my ramblings and (I hope) my books.
I wish all of us a better new year than the last and plenty of good reading and writing.
If you fancy a late Christmas present my Blade and Bone sequel to Sawbones is out now. And if you fancy a novel set in the early 18th century demi mondaine but suitable for 10+ my novel A Nest of Vipers is still available.