Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies; Sex in the City in Georgian Britain And The Harlot’s Handbook; Harris’s List

Georgian Britain
(Tempus Publishing, 2005, hardback)

The Harlot’s Handbook; Harris’s List
(Tempus Publishing, 2007, paperback)

Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies was a bestseller of the eighteenth century shifting 250,000 copies in an age before mass consumerism. An annual ‘guide book’, it detailed the names and ‘specialities’ of the capital’s prostitutes.

During its heyday (1757-95) Harris’s List was the essential accessory for any serious gentleman of pleasure. Yet beyond its titillating passages lay a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and died by the List’s profits during the Georgian era.

Hallie Rubenhold has collected some of the funniest, rudest and most surreal entries into this fascinating book.

Covent Garden Ladies Links

Listen to Hallie discuss Covent Garden Ladies on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour¬†

Hallie’s research on The Harris’s List makes news in the UK national press