The McArandy brothers, Jack and Ethelred, should have led charmed lives. Good-looking, and with a rare musical ability, they captivated their Spitalfields neighbours and were about to become famous throughout the city when their father's drunken violence towards their mother caused them to commit their first heinous crime together. Ethelred was shattered to discover the murder of their father was not his elder brother's first, and from then onwards their relationship was fraught, though inextricably and tragically entwined. James's crimes become so outrageous that even his staunchest friends in the London underworld eventually testified against him and, inevitably, he fetched up at Tyburn. Historical fiction at its best, Berry has authentically drawn her hero, and memorably placed him in his historical context.
Eleanor Berry was born and bred in London where she has lived all her life. She holds a BA hons degree in English and has published many books, but says her first brush with literature was when she broke windows in Ian Fleming's house at the age of eight. After leaving University, Eleanor Berry worked as a commercial translator in French and Russian, before becoming research assistant to the late Victor Ratner, a Harley Street specialist. She now works mainly as a freelance journalist and author. She has a wide number of interests, including clairvoyance, amateur piano playing, Russian literature and Russian folk songs. She has published two previous novel with the Book Guild - "Stop the Car Mr Beckett!" (2001) and "Cap'n Bob and Me - Robert Maxwell as I Knew Him" (2003)