Thursday, 22 November 2012

New review in the Times Higher Education

There is a very positive review of The Most Remarkable Woman in England in today's Times Higher Education.

Along with providing a good summary of the main contents, June Purvis observes:

The Most Remarkable Woman in England is an intriguing book. It not only raises pertinent questions about the use of "evidence" to build a criminal case but also reveals how debates about gender roles, domestic violence and justice for the poor erupted at one particular cultural moment in inter-war Britain.

And she concludes:

This book will be an invaluable aid to those interested in the history of criminal justice and British society in the 1920s.

I would only note a minor misstatement early on in the review: it was not 'nearly five decades' after the case that I became interested in it, rather nearly eight.

Five decades after the case I was still in primary school.

At that point, I had still given little thought to becoming a historian. My interests were focused elsewhere.

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