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Rebecca Gowers, The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Rebecca Gowers uncovered a fascinating story within her family tree – that of Harry Larkyns. She learnt that Harry was an attractive cad who lived a charmed life right up until the moment he fell in love with the wife of noted photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Rebecca will discuss the Scoundrel Harry Larkyns and will be joined by our Collections Expert Katherine Howells, who will showcase some of the Muybridge pictures held within our collection at The National Archives.

This talk will conclude with a live Q&A with Rebecca Gowers and Katherine Howells.

A signed copy of the book with a The National Archives bookplate and a ‘signed by the author’ ribbon can be purchased at checkout for £9.99 and comes with free delivery.

About the Author

Rebecca Gowers is the author of The Swamp of Death, a narrative analysis of a striking 1890 murder case, shortlisted for the CWA non-fiction Gold Dagger award. She is also the author of two novels, When to Walk and The Twisted Heart, both long listed for the Orange Prize. In 2014, she became the fourth editor of Plain Words, a classic guide to the use of English by her great-grandfather, Sir Ernest Gowers; and she followed this with her own, anti-establishment guide to the misuse of English, Horrible Words. The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns takes her back to her fascination with nineteenth-century literature, history and crime, and is both a non-standard biography, and a radically new exploration of a seminal murder.

This online talk will be presented on Zoom. You will be emailed an access link shortly before the event is due to start.