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The Most Remarkable Woman in England

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This book offers the first in-depth study of one of the most gripping trials of inter-war Britain, that of farmer's wife Beatrice Pace for the arsenic murder of her husband. A riveting tale from the golden age of press sensationalism, the book offers insights into the era's justice system, gender debates and celebrity culture. Based on extensive research, it locates the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Manchester University Press
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Ellen
Dec 24, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that this book's author is my cousin. I can honestly say that John's work is brilliant. It has received several excellent reviews and he has been interviewed on BBC Radio so I'm hardly the book's only admirer.

John, a British historian, has painstakingly researched the case of Beatrice Pace, a poverty-stricken woman in rural England who was tried in 1928 for the murder of her abusive husband. She was alleged to have poisoned him with arsenic. John
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Nose in a book (Kate)
Dec 06, 2013 Nose in a book (Kate) rated it really liked it
Now, I mostly liked the sound of this book because it’s about a historical event (okay, a death that may or may not have been murder) in the Forest of Dean, but it’s about so much more than that, tapping into issues around celebrity, poverty, gender equality, domestic violence and depression.

The history being recounted here is that of Harry Pace, a quarryman and sheep farmer who died in 1928 slowly and painfully, aged just 36, and his wife Beatrice Pace who was accused of murdering her husband b
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Nadine Wiseman
Jan 15, 2015 Nadine Wiseman rated it really liked it
Interesting study of this murder case from the 1920s. Maybe a touch dry and academic at times but it largely derives its fascination from the double enigma at its centre; just how DID Harry Pace die, and what was the true character of his quiet widow?
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