Edward Fraser and Stephen Chapman are roommates at Oxford in the 1880s. They form a deep friendship—until Chapman begins work at a clinic rehabilitating prostitutes. Fraser’s sanctimonious response to Chapman’s burgeoning relationship with the woman who runs the clinic sets in motion a violent chain of events.
Equal parts literary fiction and gothic drama, WHORES’ ASYLUM will appeal to fans of Sarah Waters as well as those who appreciate Wilkie Collins, Michele Faber, and Caleb Carr.
The Sunday Times in London calls THE WHORES’ ASYLUM “A dark, sensation-soaked tour of the Victorian underworld in Oxford and Cambridge.”
Katy Darby studied English Literature at Oxford and received her Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, the alma mater of many of Britain’s great novelists including Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. She has published over thirty-five stories, twenty-two poems, and two plays; had a musical produced off-West End, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS (http://www.whatsonstage.com/reviews/theatre/off-west+end/E8831291034972/All+I+Want+For+Christmas.html); and has won numerous awards, including the L5000 David Higham Award at the University of East Anglia. She also placed in the Fish Prize in 2003. She teaches creative writing in London and is the editor of Litro (www.litro.co.uk).