Sarah Wise took an MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her book The Blackest Streets was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize in 2009. Her debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London, was shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. Sarah was a major contributor to Iain Sinclair's compendium London, City of Disappearances. She has spoken on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, Woman's Hour and the Today programme, and she regularly lectures to societies and at history events. Sarah's latest book is Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England.

First broadcast on 5th April 2013.