Murder at Wrotham Hill (Paperback)
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Murder at Wrotham Hill (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 04/07/2013
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Murder at Wrotham Hill takes the killing in October 1946 of Dagmar Petrzywalski as the catalyst for a compelling and unique meditation on murder and fate. Dagmar, a gentle, eccentric spinster, was the embodiment of Austerity Britain's prudence and thrift. Her murderer Harold Hagger's litany of petty crimes, abandoned wives, sloughed-off identities and desertion was its opposite. Featuring England's first celebrity policeman, Fabian of the Yard, the celebrated forensic scientist, Keith Simpson, and history's most famous and dedicated hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, this is a gripping and deeply moving book.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857382856
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 241 g
Dimensions: 197 x 137 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A brilliantly formulated and well-written account of a tawdry murder that shines a bright light on postwar austerity England' Jenny Diski, London Review of Books. - London Review of Books

'Souhami's hypnotic narrative grips throughout' Daily Telegraph. - Daily Telegraph

'Superbly captures the shattered mood in this era, and shows us ordinary men and women grappling with new definitions of good and evil ... Murder At Wrotham Hill is more than a pacy whodunit ... It reads, above all, like an unsettling dream' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday. - Mail on Sunday

'Evokes these drab, joyless [postwar] years with painful brilliance, so that one can almost feel the shabby poverty and smell the foggy, coal-dust-filled air' Juliet Gardiner, Spectator. - Spectator

'Souhami's dissection of the murder is completely engrossing in its insistence that fatality is about fallible human beings' The Times. - The Times

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“A murder story with a difference”

Murder at Wrotham Hill
This story of the murder of Dagmar Petrzywalski by Harold Haggar is much more than the story of a murder. It is also a detailed account of postwar Britain, focussing on all the participants in... More

Hardback edition
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“Marvellous”

This was a very absorbing read, more like reading a case history or documentary. The way every person involved with the case has thier history delved into is marvellous, giving the reader a real insight into the... More

Hardback edition
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“A good look at history”

If you are looking for a murder mystery than this is not the book for you. This book looks at the murder of dagmar but it is not the focus of the book, you will find out more about the history of Britain during the... More

Hardback edition
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