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A Very British Murder

A Very British Murder

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Before then, people were more worried about famine, plague or war than they were about being murdered.

Ballads, china ornaments, melodrama, detective fiction and films are all covered here, along with some gruesome and sometimes strangely amusing crimes. The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock by Lucy Worsley is a 2014 Pegasus Books publication.Much of the material will be familiar to anyone with an interest in crime fiction or true crime, but the format draws interesting parallels between the society of a given time and how that influenced the type of crime fiction that was being written. She has presented numerous television series, including Harlots, Housewives and Heroines for BBC4 and If Walls Could Talk for BBC1, for which she also wrote an accompanying book.

While this book is a history of the English murder mystery, Worsley's style is not pedantic, but engaging with some humor along the way and informative of new knowledge and insights gained by this reader. On a personal note, Worsley's balanced and insightful analysis helped me finally to articulate why I can read Wilkie Collins or Arthur Conan Doyle all day long, over and over again with relish, while the works of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L.These were venues for light entertainment, so literature, in the form of Penny Bloods/Dreadfuls and the 'sensation' novel were left to provide people with their murder 'entertainment'. Maybe because it was originally written TV series the narrative does jump backwards and forwards a little at times but I still found it easy to follow the point the author was attempting to make in each of the twenty-four chapters. In the last part of the book, Worsley takes a look at some of the best crime fiction authors including Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L.

The introduction of the detective seemed to give the public more interest in the solution of the crime rather than the retribution itself - maybe we all love a puzzle? Lucy Worsley touches on the hard-boiled elements of murder with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler before she concludes, 'All through writing this book I've been worried about being too flippant about murder. It’s been two years, but I found another book that is a better alternative to Murder by Candlelight. And poison was particularly scary because it could come by the hand of someone you trusted, like a doctor, housemaid, even a relative.

Lucy looks at notorious killings from the time and explores the books, plays and songs they inspired. Worsley reveals how real-life crimes led to a type of public, obsessive fascination and a form of national entertainment that were eventually the inspirations for novels, plays, and other artistic works. 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. Whether you're looking for some textbooks for university, the latest biography or a travel guide - you'll find what you need in our categories.

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