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Mr Briggs' Hat A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder by Kate Colquhoun

Mr Briggs' Hat A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder


Mr Briggs' Hat A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder by Kate Colquhoun

In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was travelling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He entered a First Class carriage on the 9.45pm Hackney service of the North London railway. At Hackney, two bank clerks entered the carriage and discovered blood in the seat cushions; also on the floor, windows and sides of the carriage. A bloodstained hat was found on the seat along with a broken link from a watch chain. The race to identify the killer and catch him as he flees on a boat to America was eagerly followed by citizens both sides of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a crime that shocked the nation.


Kate Colquhoun's irreproachable unpicking of the case is meticulous, patient, thorough and measured * Independent * With a storyteller's instinct for colour and suspense Kate Colquhoun has brilliantly recreated the five-month period from Thomas Briggs
death to Muller

's execution * Daily Express * Kate Colquhoun is a fine, robust writer who makes the most of its every twist and turn * Mail on Sunday * Deploying her skill as a historian, Colquhoun turns a single curious murder case into a fascinatingly quirky portrait of the underside of mid-Victorian London. I found it unputdownable * Daily Telegraph * (A) thrilling book, which reads at times like a good Victorian novel... an utterly compelling did-he-do-it * Sunday Times *'

About the Author

Kate Colquhoun's previous non-fiction titles were shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2004 and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her most recent book Mr Briggs' Hat was shortlisted for the 2011 CWA Daggers: Non-fiction Prize. As well as writing for several newspapers and magazines, she appears regularly on national radio and television. She lives in London with her two sons.

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Publication date

2nd February 2012


Kate Colquhoun

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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


352 pages


True crime



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