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A Fine Day for a Hanging By Carol Ann Lee

A Fine Day for a Hanging by Carol Ann Lee

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A portrait of the era and an evocation of 1950s club life in all its seedy glamour, A Fine Day for a Hanging sets Ruth's gripping story firmly in its historical context in order to tell the truth about both her timeless crime and a punishment that was very much of its time.

A Fine Day for a Hanging Summary

A Fine Day for a Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story by Carol Ann Lee

In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'.

Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. Often wilfully misinterpreted, the reality behind the headlines was buried by an avalanche of hearsay. But now, through new interviews and comprehensive research into previously unpublished sources, Carol Ann Lee examines the facts without agenda or sensation. A portrait of the era and an evocation of 1950s club life in all its seedy glamour, A Fine Day for a Hanging sets Ruth's gripping story firmly in its historical context in order to tell the truth about both her timeless crime and a punishment that was very much of its time.

A Fine Day for a Hanging Reviews

A forensically researched book [that] casts a haunting new light on the last woman to be hanged in Britain * Daily Mail *
Worthy of Truman Capote -- Laurence Marks, playwright and screenwriter
Wonderful . . . it will become the standard reference on Ruth Ellis -- Stewart P. Evans, crime historian
A brilliantly researched epilogue of the doomed relationships that produced two children and one divorce and Ellis's catastrophic final days . . . All the compelling detail is here in Lee's overwhelming story, which puts Ellis's life into perspective * Camden New Journal *

About Carol Ann Lee

Carol Ann Lee is an acclaimed biographer and has written extensively on the Holocaust. Her most recent publications are Evil Relations, the story of David Smith, chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murder case, and the bestselling One of Your Own, which focused on the life and death of Myra Hindley.

Additional information

GOR005229110
9781780576237
1780576234
A Fine Day for a Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story by Carol Ann Lee
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2013-07-04
464
Short-listed for CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2013
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