Book Launch: Murder & Morality in Victorian Britain

Published: 9 September 2009

A new book exploring the life and loves of infamous Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith will be launched on Sunday 27th September.

Co-written by Eleanor Gordon, Professor of Social and Gender History here at Lilybank House, and Gwyneth Nair of the University of the West of Scotland, this new book explores the life of Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith, who in 1857 was tried for poisoning her secret lover.

From the Manchester University Press Catalogue:

As well as charting the course of this illicit relationship and Madeleine's subsequent trial, the authors draw on a wide range of sources to pursue themes such as the nature of gender relations and the extent of women's social and commercial activities, and to bring vividly to life the world of the mid-Victorian middle class. In particular, Madeleine's letters, full of gossip and passion as well as the details of her daily life, offer unique insights not only into her relationship with her lover, L'Angelier, but also into the life of her social circle, filled with partying, flirting and shopping.


A launch party, with readings by the authors, will be held at the University of Strathclyde's Ramshorn Theatre on Sunday 27th September. Download the invitation for full details:

Book Launch Invitation: Murder & Morality in Victorian Britain (pdf)

Issued: 9th September 2009

First published: 9 September 2009