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Category: True Stories / General
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 5 January 2009
Number of pages: 400
Prizes: Winner of Samuel Johnson Prize 2008.
Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award 2009.
Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Galaxy Book of the Year 2009.
Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009.
Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2008.
The fascinating story of a famous Victorian murder case - and the notorious detective who solved it
What the papers say:
'It is a beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing.' John Le Carre 'A pacy analysis of a true British murder case from 1860, the unravelling of which involved one of the earliest Scotland Yard detectives and inspired sensation novelists such as Dickens and Wilkie Collins Absolutely riveting' Sarah Waters, Guardian 'Summerscale has constructed nothing less than a masterpiece My shelves are stacked with books about crime, but none more satisfying than this' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Sparse, melancholy, beautifully written the year's most beguiling biography' Independent
Kate Summerscale was born in 1965. She is the author of the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, which won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in London with her five-year-old son.
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