I chose to start the year with a book I bought myself for Christmas; A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley. This book was written to accompany a BBC series which I didn’t watch (or even know about) because I was too busy reading but despite this I think this is just the book I needed as it combines my fascination with crime with my love of history. Perfect start to 2014
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. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, puppet shows and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern Britain, murder entered our national psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since. Amazon
and here is a terrible picture of me reading it!
This fantastic picture was Created by: becky_rose35 on Blingee