One morning in 1840, in fashionable Mayfair, a household of servants awoke to discover their unobtrusive master Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut. The whole of London was gripped by the gory details of the Russell murder. But behind it was another story and when Lord William’s murderer claimed to having been inspired to crime by the year’s most sensational novel, it appeared a great deal more was on trial than just one man. Award-winning biographer Claire Harman leads us through this bloody and scandalous moment in British literary history.

Chaired by Gerry Foley

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