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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

Sarah Lill

Sarah Lill is a third-year PhD student at Northumbria University. She is currently working on a thesis entitled ‘The Spectacle of Crime: Edward Lloyd and the Mass-Market Periodical, 1830-1855’. Starting with the penny dreadfuls of the 1830s and ‘40s the study tracks the career of the publisher Edward Lloyd from his humble beginnings to the formation of Lloyd’s Newspaper, the first newspaper to ever sell a million copies of a single issue. A pioneer of mass-market publishing, Lloyd ran his own paper mills, created his own cheap paper and brought Hoe’s rotary press to Britain. Sarah believes that a study of Edward Lloyd will have a significant impact on our understanding of nineteenth-century popular culture and the emergent cheap press. Sarah is a member of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and co-organiser of Northumbria's Summer Speaker Series.