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A Very British Murder

A Very British Murder

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Ever since the Ratcliff Highway Murders caused a nation-wide panic in Regency England, the British have taken an almost ghoulish pleasure in 'a good murder'. An interesting and enjoyable read, which I would suggest would be an ideal entry-level book for anyone looking to find out more about the history of crime fiction and its links with society. And she ends by exploring how the murder mystery novel was eclipsed by new rivals in the depiction of homicide - including the "hard-boiled" novels of Graham Greene. I chose to start the year with a book I bought myself for Christmas; A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley.

Ja, auch das gibt es und es ist sogar wirklich spannend (unterhaltsam will man hier nun doch nicht sagen. It’s not deep lit crit, or a totally in depth micro-history, but there’s interesting stuff and it’s entertainingly written.In A Very British Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nation-wide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria’s lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Renowned historian Lucy Worsley delves into some of the most notorious killings from the past and looks at the way they were reflected in the art and entertainment of the time in this BBC Select true crime documentary. Sitting down after a hard day’s work, slippers on, guard lowered… for the last 200 years murder has been the topic to which readers turn for comfort and relaxation. At first I found the general theme of the book a little unfocussed, but as I read on I was gradually drawn in. One interesting thing I took from this book is the way the Victorian era has been misunderstood as people imprisoned by etiquette and respectability.

Lucy Worsley explores how real-life crime, science and the art of detection had an influence on the popular culture of homicide during the Victorian Age. One reason for this, as observed by George Orwell in his 1946 essay ‘The Decline of the English Murder’, was the appetite for more gritty, or we might say more brutish, masochistic stories featuring gangsters, rape and much more as favoured by the new wave of American crime novelists. So did the Road Hill House murder of 1860, in which little Savill Kent was butchered to death and several people came under suspicion until his adolescent stepsister solved the mystery by confessing that she was the guilty party, which attracted public interest almost at once and has never ceased to do so to this day.Despite the occasional imbalance in the flow, I think this book is perfect for those obsessed with the history of British Crime. 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.



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