The Wicked Boy : Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017
by Kate Summerscale
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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In the running for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 2017, The Prehension, the fascinating tale of the scandalous murder affair that sent Britain’s Victorian era to an end in a frenzy, by the number one bestseller, multi-primé, author of Mr Whicher’s Suspicions’His research is sharp, and his period of detail richly atmospheric, but what is most encouraging about this remarkable book is the story of the real life of redemption he brings to lightTheir father had gone to the sea the previous Friday, leaving the boys and their mother at home for the summer.Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent in an extravagant way, pledging the family valuables to finance trips to the theater and the seasideMeanwhile, no one saw or heard from their mother, although the boys said the neighbors, she went to visit relativesAs the sun hit the Coombes house, a horrible smell began to emanate from the buildingWhen the police were finally called to investigate, what they found in one of the rooms sent to the press in a frenzy of horror and alarms, and Robert and Nattie were taken away in a criminal trial that echoed the scandalous plots of Robert’s “penny dreadful” novels loved to readIn The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale discovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality, it’s not only a shocking Victorian scrutiny, but also a fascinating account of its aftermath, and man’s ability to overcome the past
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