Download e-book for iPad: Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley by Matt Houlbrook

By Matt Houlbrook

Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters—royal biographer, best-selling crime author, and gentleman criminal. within the years after the good struggle, Lucas turns into notorious for hiking the British social ladder through his professional trickery—his altering names and telling of stories. An impudent younger playboy and a confessed self assurance trickster, he funds his far-flung hedonism via fraud and fake pretenses. After repeated spells in criminal, Lucas transforms himself right into a confessing “ex-crook,” turning his inside of wisdom of the underworld right into a profitable profession as freelance journalist and crime professional. yet then he’s figured out again—exposed and disgraced for faking an unique a few homicide case. So he reinvents himself, taking a brand new identify and embarking on a prolific, if short-lived, profession as a royal biographer and writer. Chased worldwide through detectives and newshounds after another sensational scandal, the gentleman criminal dies as spectacularly as he lived—a washed-up alcoholic, asphyxiated in a hearth of his personal making.

The lives of Netley Lucas are as flamboyant as they're not going. In Prince of Tricksters, Matt Houlbrook alternatives up the threads of Lucas’s colourful lies and lives. Interweaving crime writing and court docket files, letters and life-writing, Houlbrook tells Lucas’s attention-grabbing tale and, within the method, offers a breathtaking view of the Nineteen Twenties and ’30s. within the stressed instances after the good battle, the gentlemanly trickster was once an exemplary determine, whose tall stories and bogus biographies uncovered the typical problems of understanding who and what to belief. Tracing how Lucas either evoked and unsettled the realm in which he moved, Houlbrook indicates how he triggered a pervasive problem of self belief that encompassed British society, tradition, and politics.

Taking readers on a romp via Britain, North the United States, and finally into Africa, Houlbrook confronts readers with the bounds of our wisdom of the previous and demanding situations us to imagine anew approximately what heritage is and the way it'd be made differently.

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