Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley

Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook ❴Reading❵ ➺ Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook Author Matt Houlbrook – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters royal biographer, best selling crime writer, and gentleman crook In the years after the Great War, Lucas becomes infamous for climbing the British social ladder Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters royal biographer, Tricksters: The PDF Î best selling crime writer, and gentleman crook In the years after the Great War, Lucas becomes infamous for climbing the British social ladder by his expert trickery his changing names and telling of tales An impudent young playboy and a confessed confidence trickster, he finances his far flung hedonism through fraud and false pretenses After Prince of PDF/EPUB or repeated spells in prison, Lucas transforms himself into a confessing ex crook, turning his inside knowledge of the underworld into a lucrative career as freelance journalist and crime expert But then he s found out again exposed and disgraced for faking an exclusive about a murder case So he reinvents himself, taking a new name and embarking on a prolific, if short lived, career of Tricksters: The eBook ↠ as a royal biographer and publisher Chased around the world by detectives and journalists after yet another sensational scandal, the gentleman crook dies as spectacularly as he lived a washed up alcoholic, asphyxiated in a fire of his own making The lives of Netley Lucas are as flamboyant as they are unlikely In Prince of Tricksters, Matt Houlbrook picks up the threads of Lucas s colorful lies and lives Interweaving crime writing and court records, letters and life writing, Houlbrook tells Lucas s fascinating story and, in the process, provides a panoramic view of the s and s In the restless times after the Great War, the gentlemanly trickster was an exemplary figure, whose tall tales and bogus biographies exposed the everyday difficulties of knowing who and what to trust Tracing how Lucas both evoked and unsettled the world through which he moved, Houlbrook shows how he prompted a pervasive crisis of confidence that encompassed British society, culture, and politics Taking readers on a romp through Britain, North America, and eventually into Africa, Houlbrook confronts readers with the limits of our knowledge of the past and challenges us to think anew about what history is and how it might be made differently.


10 thoughts on “Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook

  1. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    This was absolutely fascinating It s the story of a conman in the 20s and 30s At first he s pretty routine in con terms, if amazingly daring presenting himself as an ex officer or minor aristo and getting social financial credit on that basis He gets caught he reinvents himself as a reformed crook and makes nice money writing articles and books on that basis He becomes a writer of pulp fiction faction including of interactive serials for children s pulp magazines This bit is amazing Th This was absolutely fascinating It s the story of a conman in the 20s and 30s At first he s pretty routine in con terms, if amazingly daring presenting himself as an ex officer or minor aristo and getting social financial credit on that basis He gets caught he reinvents himself as a reformed crook and makes nice money writing articles and books on that basis He becomes a writer of pulp fiction faction including of interactive serials for children s pulp magazines This bit is amazing Then he pops up again as a publisher and as multiple authors writing biographies of famous people on the basis of non existent connections and then he gets pursued across the world by vengeful newspapers he s scammed and the whole thing is just incredible It really is a quite extraordinary tale of IDK, a habitual liar A compulsive fraud What was going on in his head Houlbrook doesn t try to explain he presents, and questions, and speculates, and in the process this becomes not just a bio but a book about telling stories Houlbrook writes a history of a liar who rewrote his own history including an autobiography called My Selves attributed to his real name and a pseudonym as co authors, get your head round that and wrote untruthful biographies based on patchy evidenceand all of the bio is based on patchy evidence of lies It s fractal, man An incredibly relevant read to our post truth world It occurred to me as I was reading this to wonder what Netley Lucas would have achieved with access to the internet Then I realised that people like him have that access right now Weaponising lies.This is a really fascinating book about the stories we tell and the ways we tell them, the process of history and biography, where we put our faith and what makes tales credible and sources convincing You can trust me I m telling you stories Love it still thinking about it Highly recommended It is also highly priced, as academic books are, but the publisher s website sells it on a 45 day licence for 10


  2. Bookforum Magazine Bookforum Magazine says:

    For all the narrative challenges involved in arriving at a reliable account of Lucas s life, Prince of Tricksters is a remarkable work Houlbrook is clearly fascinated by his subject.Yet he has no illustions about Lucas, nor about the difficulties of seeking to expose a character whose entire life was lived in the shadows Allen Barra on Matt Houlbrook s Prince of Tricksters The Incredible True Store of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook in the Summer 2016 issue of Bookforum To read the rest of thi For all the narrative challenges involved in arriving at a reliable account of Lucas s life, Prince of Tricksters is a remarkable work Houlbrook is clearly fascinated by his subject.Yet he has no illustions about Lucas, nor about the difficulties of seeking to expose a character whose entire life was lived in the shadows Allen Barra on Matt Houlbrook s Prince of Tricksters The Incredible True Store of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook in the Summer 2016 issue of Bookforum To read the rest of this review, go to Bookforum


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