Spitalfields Life Books & The Huguenots of Spitalfields collaborate to celebrate the publication of THE BOSS OF BETHNAL GREEN - JOSEPH MERCERON, THE GODFATHER OF REGENCY LONDON in the Hanbury Hall where Joseph Merceron was baptised in 1764.
Julian Woodford will be giving an illustrated lecture and signing copies, Ruairidh Anderson of The Howling Sea will sing a song about Merceron that he has written for the occasion and Matyas Selmeczi will be cutting silhouette portraits.
THE BOSS OF BETHNAL GREEN uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764–1839), Huguenot, 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.