Paperback 208pp Illustrated
9780099287476   Product Code: 16535
Born in Marylebone in 1824, Wilkie Collins, author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, was a true Londoner, fascinated by the secrets and crimes - the fraud, blackmail and poisonings - that lay behind the city's respectable facade. Collins had his own secrets: despite his unprepossessing appearance, he sustained two long-term relationships with two loyal women. Here, Peter Ackroyd tells the story of the novelist's life, his work and his complex domestic arrangements.