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The poisoner - the life and crimes of Victorian England's most notorious doctor
Stephen Bates
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Duckworth Overlook
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The greatest villain who ever stood trial at the Old Bailey, as Charles Dickens described him William Palmer was convicted in 1856 of murdering his best friend, but was suspected of poisoning more than a dozen other people, including his wife and children. He was a new kind of murderer respectable, middle class, and consequently more terrifying, Britain s most infamous figure until Jack the Ripper. The Poisoner takes the reader into the very psyche of a killer

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Stephen Bates is a journalist whose career has included spells at the BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and, for the last 22 years, the Guardian, during which time he has reported from more than 40 countries. He is the author of God s Own Country, Religion and Politics in the USA and A Church at War, Anglicans and Homosexuality. He lives in Kent.

This rollercoaster read really stands out . fabulously readable
BBC History Magazine - Lucy Worsley

Through clearly exhaustive research and the occasional wry turn of phrase - he not only draws you into the scandalous and bewildering tale but also manages to make many aspects feel truly contemporary
New Scientist

vivid and dramatic account of [Palmer's] life and crimes
Literary Review

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Serial murderers - England - Staffordshire - Biography.|Serial murders - England - Staffordshire - History - 19th century.
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