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Charlatan : the dishonest life and dishonoured loves of Thomas Guthrie Carr, stage mesmerist / Catherine Jinks
Bib ID 7342525
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Jinks, Catherine, 1963- author
 
Description North Sydney, NSW : Penguin Random House Australia, 2017 
©2017 
256 pages ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9780143785545 (paperback)
Summary

Charlatan is story of a notorious nineteenth-century court case. With a driving narrative and novelistic pacing, this scrupulously researched account of the life of Thomas Guthrie Carr – who lied, fought and sleazed his way around Australia and New Zealand between 1865 and 1886 – is more than just a fascinating piece of social history. It’s also a mystery, a piece of true crime, and a delicately humorous portrait of a man whose eye for the main chance and ferocious pursuit of publicity makes him an oddly contemporary figure. With a star-studded supporting cast, including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Mad Dentist of Wynyard, the Nunawading Messiah, and a host of shady mesmerists, spiritualists, phrenologists and hired goons, Charlatan delves deep into a side of colonial history not often explored, and unearths a Victorian-era celebrity who should never have been forgotten.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Carr, Thomas Guthrie -- Trials, litigation, etc.  |  Gray, Eliza.  |  Trials (Rape) -- Australia -- 19th century.  |  Examination of witnesses -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.  |  Australian

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