The Jack Martyn Series
Set in 1890s London the series follows the adventures – and misadventures – of an ambitious young thief as he tries to make a name for himself among the dippers, nibblers, cracksmen and ratcatchers of the East End.
Abandoned as a child, Jack is brought up in a Southwark lodging house by the formidable Flo, her good friend Agnes, and ex-Circus strongman, Handsome George. While prostitutes rent the upstairs rooms, Jack learns some useful skills from the flash crowd downstairs. Life’s hard, and when tragedy strikes it’s time for Jack to try and work out who he really is, and whether that’s the man he wants to be.
Nobody Knows Jack is the first of five planned books spanning the years 1890-95. Working titles for books 2-4 are:
The Last Man’s Dead
A Pocket Full of Lies
The Shop of Secrets
Sixpence for Old Tom
London Tales, a collection of short stories involving the same characters, is also planned.
Editor: Evelyn Lord, Nicholas R Amor
Publisher: The University of Hertfordshire Press
It was a great privilege to be asked to contribute to this collection in honour of Dr David Dymond: historian, writer, teacher, scholar and gentleman.