The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet: The Great Victorian Jewel Thief

The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet The Great Victorian Jewel Thief In October on route to Paris Gare du Nord station the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland s jewels were stolen from her train carriage More than pieces worth nearly m today disappeared that nig

  • Title: The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet: The Great Victorian Jewel Thief
  • Author: Duncan Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9781846058134
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In October 1898, on route to Paris Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland s jewels were stolen from her train carriage More than 40 pieces, worth nearly 2m today, disappeared that night and the perpetrator along with them.It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committedIn October 1898, on route to Paris Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland s jewels were stolen from her train carriage More than 40 pieces, worth nearly 2m today, disappeared that night and the perpetrator along with them.It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committed this most daring and well planned theft had already committed nine almost identical crimes.A man who wore bespoke suits and handmade shoes who used a dozen pseudonyms to dust over his tracks who belonged to three smart London clubs and lived in the luxury of West End hotels whose staple diet was champagne and whisky who was pursued by London s top detectives for five and a half years and by their own admission proved smarter than them and who fell so much in love with a women who he would steal for and lie for but who would eventually betray him.The true story of the most notorious Victorian Jewel thief, The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet has all the hallmarks of the finest detective fiction, but has romance at its heart and a love story which endured on Harry s part for the rest of his life, despite ultimately destroying him.

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    1. A really interesting magazine article, unfortunately presented at book length. This should have had a lot more psychological insight into the protagonists, or a lot less, because the author's speculations didn't really add much to explain Harry or Maud's actions. I am probably being a bit unfair but I was really looking forward to this and am accordingly disappointed that it really didn't hold the attention. It may be that real life is to blame and the story should have been rewritten as fiction [...]

    2. Having had my fill recently of stories about the serial killers, lone gunmen and terrorists, I decided what I really wanted was a story of genteel crime in the highest echelons of Victorian society. I found just what I was looking for in the story of the ‘immaculately dapper and suave’ gentleman jewel thief, Harry Thomas Sands, in The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet by Duncan Hamilton.Initially introducing Harry as a Raffles type character, sweeping through Victorian high society, kissing [...]

    3. I was sent this book by 'Random House' in exchange for an honest review.Although I don't read a lot of non-fiction, I do have a thing about Victorian detective stories, so when I got offered to read this I immediately said yes. Although it is non-fiction, it reads similar to fiction and so it flows well and makes it easier to read.Harry the Valet is a man of many identities and talents. To many he doesn't exist, he moves so quickly and precisely you don't see him, to others he is the well dresse [...]

    4. This true story takes us back to a snapshot of Harry’s childhood, the importance of which sets him off on his amazing criminal career. His father instils in him the need to ‘better’ himself and introduces him into the homes of the rich via his job of providing a picture framing service. After his death, one petty incident of stealing, the resultant fear of waiting to be found out and then the immense relief of it going un-noticed is the trigger to this lifestyle not the norm in society. Yo [...]

    5. Note: This book was received from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.The story of Harry the Valet may not be particularly familiar to modern readers, but he was something of a celebrity in the Victorian age. He achieved notoriety by stealing thousands of pounds worth of jewels from the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland - much to the delight of many people who disliked the lady, which appears to have been pretty much everyone who ever met her. Having pulled off this audacious thef [...]

    6. An unexpectedly great read in many ways: firstly, not the sort of book you expect from a sport writer - I've read Hamilton's "Last English Summer" which is an elegy for a cricketing world that is disappearing in these days of T20, so didn't expect this tale of a Victorian jewel thief. And, secondly, Harry the Valet is the sort of character that I always imagined was an invention of Victorian crime fiction - indeed, the whole book reads rather like a collaboration between Dickens, Trollope, Colli [...]

    7. this was pretty poor . capitalising on the current vogue for Victorian crime with a suitably stylish cover this purports to be the biography of the greatest victorian jewel thief but in fact is mostly pure fiction based as a lot of it is , on the the valet's own memoirs which as the title says are unreliable . Although the claim for his skills are largely baseless seeing that he was in and out of prison and not such a great thief after all the story is a long empty boast . In fact the Valet was [...]

    8. This book was a fairly enjoyable read from the Victorian true crime genre. It was well-written and the story had a cohesive narrative, though occasionally I did have questions that were not explained or ignored in the text. Harry the Valet was a fascinating character and his love, or obsession, for his 'Gaity Girl' was beautifully expressed. I also enjoyed how the auhor gave the history of others appearing in the story, particularly the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland, who must have been a very in [...]

    9. This book details the life and exploits of a thief.The first third of book was laboured and the narrative wasn't clear but the book improved after that, but overall I was a bit disappointed as the thief’s life / motivation never felt “real”.

    10. I have two quarrels with this book. First, the arrangement of the material; this seems illogical at times. Second, Hamilton descends into purple prose, passages of description, which are really only padding. That said, it's a fascinating story.

    11. I liked this book very much indeed - a big juicy slice through Victorian society. Surely there's a great film to be made out of this story?

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