The Killing of Lord George (eBook)

A Tale of Murder and Deceit in Edwardian England

Karl Shaw

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'A riveting read … a dark story of murder and deceit with verve and insight' John Woolf, author of The Wonders

'Takes us thrillingly directly into the sawdust ring … he has revived – and altered – our perception of one of show business's most pioneering figures' Stephen Bates, author of The Poisonous Solicitor


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A 19TH-CENTURY CIRCUS LEGEND

On 28 November 1911 a retired showman died violently at his home in North London. Known to the world as Lord George Sanger, he was once the biggest name in showbusiness, and was venerated as a national institution.

The death of Britain's wealthiest showman read like a popular crime thriller: a merciless killer, a famous victim, a desperate manhunt and a dramatic denouement few could have anticipated. But for over a century, questions have persisted about the murder.

Weaving in the story of George's rise to fame and the history of Britain's entertainment industry, The Killing of Lord George uses previously unpublished archive material to reveal the true story behind the brutal crime that shocked Edwardian England.



Karl Shaw is an author and journalist. His previous books include Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, Abject Quizzery and The First Showman. He lives in North Staffordshire.


Karl Shaw has delivered a riveting read, weaving together the extraordinary biography of George Sanger – Britain's answer to PT Barnum – alongside the Edwardian investigation into his tragic and violent demise. With twists and turns along the way, and providing a unique insight into Victorian and Edwardian Britain, Shaw takes us into a dark story of murder and deceit with verve and insight backed with thorough research.John Woolf, author of The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age
'Lord' George Sanger, became the Prince of Showmen in Victorian England – the country's answer to America's PT Barnum and Buffalo Bill Cody: pioneers of big top circuses and spectacular shows. Karl Shaw's book takes us thrillingly directly into the sawdust ring where every performance was 'something new under the sun – twice daily' Sanger, an all but forgotten figure now but one of the Victorian age's most extraordinary characters, came to a sticky end, apparently murdered. But, after 111 years Shaw has come up with a different – and more compelling – story of the World's Greatest Showman's tragic end. He has revived – and altered – our perception of one of show business's most pioneering figures.Stephen Bates, author of The Poisonous Solicitor

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ISBN: 9781785788543

Price: 12.99 GBP

Pages: 304

Publication date: 01/09/2022

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