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This is a brand new historical thriller from Peter Mottley based on William Hogarth's celebrated 1733 etchings, "A Harlot's Progress". The first in a trilogy, "Yorkshire Molly" is a compelling story of one woman's misadventures in 18th century London and the first novel to bring these fascinating historical prints to life. Heroine Molly Huckerby arrives in London from York ...more
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Heather
Nov 01, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Before I begin this review in earnest, I feel that I have to say this book is not for those who do not like to read sex scenes. Much of this book is about sex. I also wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t say that this book would get an NC-17 rating if it were a movie.

With the above disclaimer, even though I am not a huge fan of books with a lot of sex in them, I did enjoy this one. True, the first couple chapters were a shock to get through, but after that it became routine. The author didn’t just us
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Andrea Evans
Nov 23, 2009 Andrea Evans rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves historical novels about London in the 18th Century
This novel is nothing short of a sumptuous medley of everything you'd expect from a period thriller; innocence stolen, greed, romantic love, folly, debauchery, ruthless betrayal etc. But its one with a much more integrity. The story is loosely based around William Hogarth's series of etchings called A Harlot's Progress – the life of an 18th Century prostitute. The attention to period detail is so strikingly precise and so well written that it really does breathe life into Hogarth's prints, who k ...more
Gaby
Oct 16, 2009 Gaby rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a trilogy and a fictional actualization of Hogarth’s series of etchings called “The Harlot’s Progress”. Each story follows one of three 18th Century harlots who have all been seduced into a life of prostitution at The Bell, a Wood Lane brothel in the City of London run by the notorious bawd, mother Wickham. Underlying each story is the tale of a young woman’s struggle against overwhelming misfortune

It is a compelling story and a bawdy romp with a breathtaking twist in the ta
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Doug
Dec 19, 2011 Doug rated it liked it
Recommendation from Katie Davies, the executive publisher.

Very interesting and horribly gruesome historical novel based on the etchings of William Hogarth, a set by the same title. Interesting for me because most of the story is set in my very neighbourhood in City of London near Love Lane and Wood Street.

Contains multiple rapes, told in a titillating light that you'll probably find disturbing, as did I.
Heather
Nov 17, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant interpretation of Hogarth's famous series of prints. Mottley's vidid details breathes life into the gritty reality of the streets of 18th century London.
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He was an actor, writer, and director and an active member of the Oxford Theatre Guild. One of his radio plays had been performed on radio by Bob Hoskins. Once gets a sense of his colorful personality in this obituary: “Peter Mottley (1935-2006), for many years a cheery presence at Pangbourne pub gatherings, died on 16 July; he was 71. Martin Hoare writes: ‘He had been a novelist, playwright, acto ...more
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