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Title:
The art of the English murder
Author:
Worsley, Lucy, author.
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Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Information:
[Old Saybrook, Ct.] : Tantor Media, Inc., 2014.
Physical Description:
6 audio discs (approximately 7 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
"Murder: a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy--and a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide 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, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime--and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul" --
General Note:
Compact discs.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
General adult.
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ISBN:
9781494504199
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Audiobook on CD

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Murder: a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy-and a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide 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, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime-and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Narrator Flosnik delivers a competent but rather bland reading of Worsley's chronicle of the fascination with murder in British popular culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The desire for reality drama is not something that was introduced by today's TV; the book takes listeners back to the 19th century, when the English populace was held in thrall by tales of real-life killings, thievery, and general criminal mischief, as well as the consequences for the perpetrators. Public hangings pulled in huge crowds of people looking to see end-of-the-rope justice. This curiosity eventually gave rise to crime in literature and plays, from penny dreadfuls and pulp to modern day mystery novels. Worsley deftly expounds upon all aspects of crime and punishment with an enthusiastic scholar-of-the-people delivery. However, Flosnik's presentation is more perfunctory. She keeps her reading straightforward with little emotional inflection. She certainly has an excellent professional reading voice. Her intonation is perfect, but she lacks personality, and consequently the text is never really brought to life. A Pegasus Crime hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Fascination with murder has been a guilty British pleasure since newspaper coverage of 19th-century murder trials enthralled an entertainment-hungry populace. Here Worsley (If Walls Could Talk) chronicles a nation's obsession with murder and horror as a source of fun, comfort, and relaxation. British crime spawned pulp fiction, followed by literary and cinematic blockbusters by masters of the genre. Worsley's vivid and detailed account illuminates the cultural mind-set of the times as well as bloody details. Anne Flosnik intertwines scholarly gravity with lighthearted voyeurism in her reading. Originally published in 2013 by BBC Books as A Very British Murder: The Story of a National Obsession to accompany the three-part BBC television series of the same name, the hardcover was enhanced with color and black-and-white illustrations and portraits missing from the CD. VERDICT Divided into discrete segments, the audiobook would be perfect for car trips, exercise sessions, or relaxing evenings at home. ["This riveting cultural history will enthrall fans of British crime novels as well as readers of true crime," read the starred review of the Pegasus Crime hc, LJ 9/15/14.]-Judith Robinson, Univ. at Buffalo © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.