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Lady Lightfingers/Woods, Janet/Paper/1847513670/S011-B
Growing up in the slums in 1850s London, Celia Laws is unusual in that she has had an education. But with two siblings to care for, circumstances have driven her to pickpocketing as a way of feeding her family. In this harsh world, it is just a small step from picking pockets to prostitution. When a young man offers Celia money in return for spending a week with him, she takes the money and runs - to a spinster aunt in Dorset.
Aunt Harriet takes pity on Celia and her siblings, and offers them a home and opportunities. But Celia cannot forget the money she stole, nor can she forgive herself. A chance encounter with Charles Curtis, the young man whom she deceived, brings her face to face with her past and thrusts her into an uncertain future...