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The Invention of Murder

(2011)
How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
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"It would be a crime not to read this book."
Donna Leon


A deeply engaging and completely original book about nineteenth-century Britain's fascination with good quality murder.

Murder in nineteenth-century Britain was ubiquitous - not necessarily in quantity but in quality. This was the era of penny-bloods, early crime fiction and melodramas for the masses. This was a time when murder and entertainment were firmly entwined.

In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders, author of Consuming Passions, takes us back in time to explore some of the most gripping, gruesome and mind-boggling murders of the nineteenth-century. Covering the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, as well as the lesser known but equally shocking acts of Burke and Hare, and Thurtell and Hunt, Flanders looks at how murder was regarded by the wider British population - and how it became a form of popular entertainment.

Filled to the brim with rich source material - ranging from studies of plays, novels and contemporary newspaper articles, A Social History of Murder brings to life a neglected dimension of British social history in a completely new and exciting way.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 1-250-02487-0 / 978-1-250-02487-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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January 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Invention of Murder
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 0-00-724888-1 / 978-0-00-724888-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperPress
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 1-250-04853-2 / 978-1-250-04853-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Invention of Murder
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 0-00-724889-X / 978-0-00-724889-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperPress
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon   

January 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2011 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 0-85735-216-4 / 978-0-85735-216-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   

January 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
Author(s): Judith Flanders
Publisher: HarperPress
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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