27th April 2014, Wilton's Music Hall
Sarah Wise is an award-winning historian and an Associate of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. Her debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London, was shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. Her follow-up, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (2008), was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and was a Book of the Year in the Sunday Telegraph and The Economist amongst others. She was nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2014 for her book Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England, which exposes the phenomenon of false allegations of lunacy (and the dark motives behind them) in the Victorian period.