Thursday, 20 December 2012

'A fascinating snapshot of interwar England'

I am very pleased to see that The Most Remarkable Woman in England has been named by crime novelist Nicola Upson as her 'favourite read of 2012' at the Faber website.

She has some very kind words for my book:

Just for once, my crime book of the year isn’t a novel, but a factual account. In 1928, a quarryman called Harry Pace died of arsenic poisoning and his wife, Beatrice, was tried for his murder. John Carter Wood’s account of the case and trial has it all: suspense; surprise; and a searing account of one woman’s life, marriage, and journey from poverty and obscurity to celebrity and notoriety. Wood is brave enough to allow much of an incredible story to tell itself through newspaper accounts, letters and Beatrice’s private papers, and the book is all the richer for it. And because it’s a true story, he has no choice but to include some of the more incredible plot elements that a novelist might lose courage with! A fascinating snapshot of interwar England, brilliantly brought to life.

Many thanks to Nicola Upson for her enthusiasm!

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