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A Very British Murder

by Lucy Worsley

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A Very British Murder Synopsis

This is the story of a national obsession. Ever since the Ratcliffe Highway Murders caused a nation-wide panic in Regency England, the British have taken an almost ghoulish pleasure in 'a good murder'. This fascination helped create a whole new world of entertainment, inspiring novels, plays and films, puppet shows, paintings and true-crime journalism - as well as an army of fictional detectives who still enthrall us today. A Very British Murder is Lucy Worsley's captivating account of this curious national obsession. It is a tale of dark deeds and guilty pleasures, a riveting investigation into the British soul by one of our finest historians.

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A Very British Murder Press Reviews

An excellent overview of how the consumption of crime became a dominant part of our cultural landscape  - The Sunday Times

 

Worsley captures this bloody love affair very well  - The Independent

 

Worsley retells the stories of famous murderers and legendary criminals in delightfully readable language, with the occasional sharp, illuminating comment  - Literary Review


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ISBN: 9781849906517
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: BBC Books an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849906517
Publication date: 8th May 2014
Author: Lucy Worsley
Publisher: BBC Books an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: Social & cultural history,

About Lucy Worsley

Dr Lucy Worsley is a historian and Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, where she looks after the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace among others. She has presented numerous television series, including Harlots, Housewives and Heroines for BBC4 and If Walls Could Talk for BBC1, for which she also wrote an accompanying book. Lucy has also written numerous other books, including Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion and Great Houses.

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