The Gentle Author presents “The Boss of Bethnal Green – Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London” with Julian Woodford

Tuesday 8th November 2016
19:00 at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly

Join author Julian Woodford and The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life for an evening discussing ‘the godfather of Regency London’, Joseph Merceron.

In “The Boss of Bethnal Green” Julian Woodford uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764–1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Georgian London.

Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green from his base in Brick Lane for half a century, Merceron gave the East End the bad reputation that still lingers today, while the exploits of recent mobsters and political miscreants pale by comparison with his staggering violence and ruthlessness.

Julian Woodford’s shrewd biography – the first on this subject – is essential reading for all those interested in eighteenth century London, anyone fascinated by the capital’s criminal history and everyone who loves an exciting true story well told.

Tickets for this event are free but RSVP is essential in-store, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or by email [email protected]


London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Tuesday 8th November 2016

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