Roger Stacey will talk with William Sutton about his Victorian crime novel Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square, the first in Sutton's series of three historical thrillers set in mid-nineteenth century Britain and featuring Metropolitan policeman Campbell Lawless. The conversation will touch upon Sutton's immersion in the times, his interest in reproducing regional period dialogue, and, more generally, the enduring appeal and utility of historical fiction. There will be ample time for questions from the viewers.
Will Sutton is a British novelist, playwright, musician and teacher. Among his Titan Books historical mysteries, Lawless and the Flowers of Sin was a Book of the Year in 2016 (Mail on Sunday, Morning Star). His articles have appeared in The Times, Fortean Times, and The Author. His plays have been broadcast on LBC Radio and produced on the London stage. Sutton's journalism and short stories appear in magazines across the world.
Roger Stacey, a graduate of Hamilton College and Harvard University, taught English for many years, first at the Taft School and later at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. He has been involved with several non-profit boards, including the Boston E-SU, of which he has been Vice-President for many years. This is his second Happy Hour interview, following last spring's discussion with Ward Farnsworth, author of Classical English Style.
Gin was widely produced and consumed in the Victorian period. A gimlet, Negroni, Martini, or gin and tonic would be appropriate.