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  • Published: 12 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448142002
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

A Very British Murder




From Jack the Ripper to the cosy crimes of the Golden Age, renowned historian Lucy Worsley explores the evolution of the typical British murder.

This is the story of a national obsession.

Ever since the Ratcliffe Highway Murders caused a nation-wide panic in Regency England, the British have taken an almost ghoulish pleasure in 'a good murder'. This fascination helped create a whole new world of entertainment, inspiring novels, plays and films, puppet shows, paintings and true-crime journalism - as well as an army of fictional detectives who still enthrall us today. A Very British Murder is Lucy Worsley's captivating account of this curious national obsession. It is a tale of dark deeds and guilty pleasures, a riveting investigation into the British soul by one of our finest historians.

  • Pub date: 12 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448142002
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Lucy Worsley

Dr Lucy Worsley is a historian and Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, where she looks after the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace among others. 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. Lucy has also written numerous other books, including Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion and Great Houses.


Praise for A Very British Murder

“An excellent overview of how the consumption of crime became a dominant part of our cultural landscape”

The Sunday Times

“Worsley captures this bloody love affair very well”

The Independent

“Worsley retells the stories of famous murderers and legendary criminals in delightfully readable language, with the occasional sharp, illuminating comment”

Literary Review


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