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A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley
  

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Lucy Worsley tries to fathom our fascination with crime and especially murder. Beginning with the Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 she discusses how these murders gripped an increasingly literate public fed by a growing popular press eager to publish every detail. With the idea of a police-force and the newer detective force ready to investigate it wasn’t long before the idea of criminal investigations seeped into fiction and the fictional detective was born. Perhaps Judith Flanders remains the better guide but this is still an entertaining journey through a cultural phenomenon.

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A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley

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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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


About the Author

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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Publication date

8th May 2014

Author

Lucy Worsley

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Author's Website

www.lucyworsley.com/
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Publisher

BBC Books an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

History
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Social & cultural history

ISBN

9781849906517

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