Invention of Murder

Hardcover | November 20, 2013

byJudith Flander

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"We are a trading community, a commercial people. Murder is doubtless a very shocking offence, nevertheless as what is done is not to be undone, let us make our money out of it." PunchMurder in the 19th century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment began and became ubiquitous - transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera - even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts.In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders - author of 'The Victorian House' - retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder - both famous and obscure. From the crimes (and myths) of Sweeny Todd and Jack the Ripper, to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London's East End, Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh, to Greenacre who transported his dismembered fiancée around town by omnibus.With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know, 'The Invention of Murder' is both a gripping tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.

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"We are a trading community, a commercial people. Murder is doubtless a very shocking offence, nevertheless as what is done is not to be undone, let us make our money out of it." PunchMurder in the 19th century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment began and became ubiquitous - transformed into novels, into broadsides and...

Judith Flanders is the author of critically acclaimed A Circle of Sisters, a biography of Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynder and Louisa Baldwin, which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. She is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, and the Times Literary Supplem...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.5 × 6.38 × 1.56 inPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007248881

ISBN - 13:9780007248889

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Highly disappointing What a great title and a real disappointment. Full of meandering details that I could hardly find the beginning or end of, and numerous footnotes that are on almost every page, this non fiction read is a quagmire of prose that I barely escaped from.
Date published: 2013-06-20