Attendees at the NSW and ACT Genealogical Conference (Canberra, September 2013) can pre-order copies and collect them from Keith Johnson at the conference, or buy one there (but stock will be limited).
REVIEW: A review has been published in the international trade magazine for booksellers, Publishers Weekly. It begins:
Fans of Erik Larson’s true-crime thrillers will be pleased by this gripping account that presents a tipping point in the public acceptance of the telegraph: its use in 1845 to alert the authorities in London that a murder suspect had boarded a train headed there. With a novelist’s flair for drama, using details that were painstakingly extracted from the historical record, Australian popular historian Baxter (An Irresistible Temptation) recreates the life of suspect John Tawell, a Quaker who had been transported for forgery, the events leading up to his apprehension on suspicion of having poisoned Sarah Hart, and his prosecution. Along the way, the story takes several unexpected twists, and Baxter does a stellar job of integrating details about the nascent forensic science of the time, questions about the role of expert witnesses in jury trials, and the insatiable public hunger for salacious details about the case.'
TAWELL WEBSITE: Check out the book’s website, but it is best to read the book first before reading Tawell’s biography: www.johntawell.com
AUTHOR TALKS, RADIO INTERVIEWS: If you go to the Calendar tab on my website, you will see my diary of talks and interviews. Come along if you live in the area or tune in to the radio interviews.
FACEBOOK: Search by its title for the book’s Facebook page. I will include reviews, podcast links and diary bookings on that as well.