By Gavin McCrea
From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London’s Regents Park Road, this book follows Lizzie and the Engels household as it struggles to match its communist principles with its hunger for the high life.Tweet
McCrea brings to life Lizzie Burns, the illiterate little-known mistress of Engels, with wit and verve. I cried and laughed my way through this book.
The Engels household is far from normal yet Lizzie Burns succeeds in crafting a niche for herself. Marx and Engels are friends in a fast paced life that is full of intrigue and political manoeuvring. Lizzie and her sister Mary are at the centre of this book trying to maintain a balance while going through their own personal trials.