Press Release: Famous Trials

Famous Trials

Introduced by Geoffrey Robertson QC

‘High among the great British contributions to world civilisation – the works of Shakespeare, the full breakfast, the herbaceous border and the presumption of innocence – must rank our considerable achievement in having produced most of the best murder trials in the long history of crime’
sir john mortimer qc, author of the ‘Rumpole’ stories

FSince 1941, the legendary ‘Famous Trials’ series has thrilled readers with its elegantly written accounts of sensational legal cases, that remain unmatched for their insight into the criminal mind and their evocation of the human drama of the courtroom.

This new selection presents eight notorious cases from the late 19th and early 20th century – the true Golden Age of the British murder trial. Each meticulously researched chapter brings us face-to-face with a defendant in a life-or-death situation, from the chillingly calm Dr. Crippen, accused of butchering his wife and disposing of her remains in his own cellar to roguish chancer George Joseph Smith, dubbed the ‘Bluebeard of the Bath’; from mild-mannered Robert Wood, who faces overwhelming evidence that he is the prostitute-killing ‘Camden Town Murderer’ to the tragic Alma Rattenbury, who repeatedly claims to have killed her elderly husband, in spite of her young lover’s confession.

Will it end on the scaffold or with freedom?
And will justice be done – or miscarried?

Introduced by Geoffrey Robertson QC, celebrated defence lawyer and self-confessed ‘Famous Trials’ fan, and lavishly illustrated with fifty integrated black & white images, including contemporary pictures of the key participants, crime scene photographs, and evocative images of trial evidence and original prisoner records.



Product information
Bound in textured paper printed with a design by Jamie Keenan. Set in Janson. 400 pages. 50 integrated black & white illustrations. Printed endpapers. Blocked slipcase. 9˝× 5¾˝.

UK £36.95 US $54.95 Can $75.00 Aus $73.95





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