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Marie Lloyd was the undisputed Queen of the Victorian and Edwardian Music Halls. So adored was this charismatic star that at the time of her premature death up to 100,000 fans were said to have lined the London roads to pay their respects as her coffin passed.

Essie Fox (whose novel The Somnambulist describes many scenes in the East End halls, where Marie’s life and career began) will discuss the sensational scandalous life of the woman who brought only laughter and light - along with a cheeky smile and wink - when she trod the boards in the ‘good old days’.

Essie Fox writes dark Victorian novels. The Somnambulist, Elijah's Mermaid, and her latest, The Goddess and the Thief, are sensual gothic mysteries published by Orion Books.

Time Out London