In the 18th century, one of the best-selling books was Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies. This was an infamous guide book to prostitutes, detailing their addresses, physical characteristics and their “specialties”. It sold over 250,000 copies to the great and the good of Georgian society.
Jenni Murray talks to historian Hallie Rubenhold who has now written a book about the scandalous Harris’s List.
"The Covent Garden Ladies: Pimp General Jack and The Extraordinary Story of Harris’s List" by Hallie Rubenhold – Tempus Publishing, ISBN 0-7524-2850-0
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