There’s murder most foul in this two-part author event with Claire Harman on a true crime murder that shocked Victorian London, and the thrilling new novel by Ambrose Parry (aka Chris Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman) about the hunt for a killer in 1847 Edinburgh.Book Tickets
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There’s murder most foul in this two-part author event with Claire Harman on a true crime murder that shocked Victorian London, and the thrilling new novel by Ambrose Parry (aka Chris Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman) about the hunt for a killer in 1847 Edinburgh.
On a spring morning in 1840, on a smart street in Mayfair, Lord William Russell was found violently murdered in his bed. The whole of London was scandalised by the shocking murder, but behind the murder was a best-selling crime novel and a fiery debate about morality and censorship. From Thackeray to Dickens, in the newspapers and in public houses, the question was argued: can a work of fiction do real harm? In MURDER BY THE BOOK Claire Harman sets the scene and re-opens the discussion. Claire is the award-winning biographer of Fanny Burney (2000), Robert Louis Stevenson (2005) and wrote the the best-selling Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World (2009). She writes regularly for the literary press here and in the US and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
‘The only difference between a medicine and a poison is the dosage …’ Author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman have collaborated as ‘Ambrose Parry’ to create a gripping historical crime series set in 1847 Edinburgh. Medical student Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld to find who is responsible for a series of gruesome deaths. Chris is the international best-selling and multi-award-winning author of over 20 novels, including BLACK WIDOW. The research of his wife Marisa uncovered the characters and events on which the series is based. Their first book, THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and the McIlvanney Prize 2019.