For those who would sooner seek out 10 Rillington Place, 39 Hilldrop Crescent or Whitechapel’s infamous Blind Beggar than pay a visit to Westminster Abbey or the National Gallery, this new book from journalist and London author David Long pinpoints the exact locations of scores of the bloodiest, most intriguing and sinister murders in London’s last 100 years.
With names such as Crippen, Kray, Haigh, Christie and Ellis firmly woven into the fabric of London’s cultural history alongside those of Whittington, Wren and Disraeli, the result is a compelling new black plaque guide to the capital. Dividing the metropolis into areas compact enough to be explored on foot in an afternoon, the book describes in detail the events, the characters involved and the eventual fates of the perpetrators.
The cast includes playwrights and politicians, celebrities and spies, royalty, aristocrats and of course countless ordinary Joes. But while their stories frequently become part of London folklore, the details can become tangled and confused and the scenes of these horrifying crimes misplaced or lost altogether.
Now, criss-crossing the heart of London as well as reaching deep into the suburbs, Murderous London sets the record straight. Matching crimes to buildings, the author walks the reader through the city’s streets whilst revealing their tragic and awful histories.
David Long spent 25 years writing features for national newspapers and editing glossy magazines before turning to books, initially as a ghostwriter. Since then, under his own name, he is the author of many successful non-fiction titles for adults and children. With an engaging historical focus, his books have been well received by readers and reviewers alike and translated into a dozen languages. In 2017 his book Survivors was the Blue Peter Book of the Year. He lives in Suffolk, is the father of two boys, and has made regular appearances in the Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Pe...
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