A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Substances and the Killers Who Used Them (Hardback)Neil Bradbury (author)
Examining the most gruesomely captivating methods for murder, Dr Neil Bradbury’s investigations into eleven deadly poisons and how they have been used throughout history marries popular science and true crime to gripping effect.
As any reader of murder mysteries can tell you, poison is one of the most enduring - and popular - weapons of choice for a scheming murderer. It can be slipped into a drink, smeared onto the tip of an arrow or the handle of a door, even filtered through the air we breathe. But how exactly do these poisons work to break our bodies down, and what can we learn from the damage they inflict?
In a fascinating blend of popular science, medical history, and narrative crime nonfiction, Dr Neil Bradbury explores this most morbidly captivating method of murder from a cellular level. Alongside real-life accounts of murderers and their crimes -some notorious, some forgotten, some still unsolved - are the equally compelling stories of the poisons involved: eleven molecules of death that work their way through the human body and, paradoxically, illuminate the way in which our bodies function.
Drawn from historical records and current news headlines, A Taste for Poison weaves together the fascinating tales of spurned lovers, shady scientists, medical professionals and political assassins, showing how the precise systems of the body can be impaired to lethal effect through the use of poison. From the deadly origins of the gin & tonic cocktail to the arsenic-laced wallpaper in Napoleon's bedroom, A Taste for Poison leads readers on a fascinating tour of the intricate, complex systems that keep us alive - or don't.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 27 mm
'What's not to love about a book that examines the plants and minerals that epitomise murder? Wonderfully logical in its layout, captivating in its storytelling and just enough science for the geeks. A tremendously entertaining dip into the dark and compelling world of death via the ladies' weapon of choice: poison.' - Professor Dame Sue Black, author of All That Remains: A Life in Death
'A fascinating tale of poisons and poisonous deeds which both educates and entertains.' - Kathy Reichs
'We've all seen Colonel Mustard dead in the library from poisoning. Instead of telling us why, in this original and invigorating book, Neil Bradbury focuses on how, exploring the workings of crime from a scientific basis. Fascinating.' - Judith Flanders, author of The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
'Neil Bradbury writes with wit, flair, and authority.' - Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art
'An engrossing history of poisons, poisonings and poisoners. Alongside the very human stories of the people who fall victim to these deadly substances, it's packed with quirky detail and easily digestible (pun intended) science.' - Kate Morgan, author of Murder: The Biography
'Weaves jaw-dropping true stories and spellbinding histories behind the most infamous poisons.' - Lydia Kang, bestselling author of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
'An unselfconsciously jaunty work of horror. Its stories may leave you eyeing your housemates and sniffing your coffee.' - Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell, authors of Working Stiff
'I couldn't stop reading.' - Penny Le Couteur, author of Napoleon's Buttons
'A taut, exciting read about some of the most diabolical killers in history. Reads like a thriller.' - Kate Winkler Dawson, author of American Sherlock
'An accessible and fascinating study.' - Publishers Weekly
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Bradbury has knocked the ball out of the park with this one. A Taste for Poison reads almost like a selection of true crime stories, with little interludes of scientific explanation in between. I've found each... More
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Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, this is a really interesting read.
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“A must-read for true crime fans!”
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