Sarah Wise
   
 
‘A haunting blend of scholarship and period empathy:’ Iain Sinclair, Daily Telegraph

‘The least smug and self-congratulatory book ever written on 19th-century slum life:’ Matthew Sweet, Sunday Times

Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Hear my talk at the Museum of London here ow.ly/ZR0Jm
  ‘This is a book about the nature of London itself:’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times

‘A brilliant social history:’ Robert Peston, Daily Telegraph

‘This engrossing work shines a light not only on a turbulent period of London’s history but on humanity itself. Only the best histories can claim as much:’ Clare Clark, The Guardian

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize

Hear my interview with BBC History Magazine here ow.ly/ZQZ6n
  ‘Deeply researched and gripping...Much of it is also hilarious:’ AN Wilson, Mail on Sunday

‘She has the true social historian’s ability to make her period come alive:’ Dr Anthony Daniels, The Spectator

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize

Hear my interview on BBC Radio
4
’s All In The Mind here

and on Little Atoms radio here ow.ly/NGqPc


Twitter
You can find me on Twitter here @MissSarahWise


Talks

I'm speaking on Saturday as part of an all-day celebration of London's first council estate, 10am. Free. Venue, St Hilda's East, Old Nichol Street, Shoreditch. Full programme details here http://ow.ly/Bqcv304CeZk  

I’ll be talking about late-19th-century East London poverty at the 2016 Write Idea Festival at 5.30pm on Saturday 12 November in Whitechapel. http://writeideafestival.org/

I'll be speaking about the Old Nichol district on Sunday 6 November at 10.45am at the Arbor Hotel, Osborn Street, London E1. Full details here: http://www.crimeconference.com/

On Wednesday 7 December I’ll be speaking as part of the Charles Booth commemorations at the London School of Economics. Free. My talk, ‘Streets Coloured Black and Blue’, explores the use I made of the Booth notebooks for my book The Blackest Streets. Free.
http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2016/12/20161207t1830vWT.aspx

 


Recent Journalism

● I’ve just posted an essay about Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent on the London Fictions site http://www.londonfictions.com/joseph-conrad-the-secret-agent.html

● My latest post on the Psychology Today site is about whether the Victorian asylum allowed the wealthy to evade justice ow.ly/MWen3

Other Psychology Today posts consider the earliest days of Broadmoor Hospital/Asylum for the Criminally Insane;
Charlotte Bronte and Bertha Mason;
Victorian wives who had sane husbands certified as lunatics;
Wilkie Collins’s novel The Woman in White(1860);
the UK’s past and current mistreatment of the mentally ill;
how religious enthusiasm could lead to an accusation of lunacy;
and the Victorian diagnosis ‘monomania’.