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Murder on the Verandah By Eric Lawlor

Murder on the Verandah
by Eric Lawlor

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On Sunday, 23 April 1911, Ethel Proudlock attended Mass at St Mary's Church in Kuala Lumpur, then she drove home and killed her lover. Found gu ilty and sentenced to death, she walked free after being pardoned by the Sultan of Selangor, much against the wishes of British officials.
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Murder on the Verandah: Love and Betrayal in British Malaya by Eric Lawlor

A Malayan White Mischief. 'On Sunday, 23 April 1911, Ethel Proudlock attended Mass at St Mary's Church in Kuala Lumpur. She was well-liked at St Mary's. She helped with jumble sales and had recently joined the choir. After Mass, the vicar's wife invited her to lunch. But Mrs Proudlock declined. She had sewing to do. Then, taking her leave, she drove home and killed her lover.' In the sensational trial that followed Ethel Proudlock, the Eurasian wife of an Englishman claimed that William Steward, a mine manager, had tried to rape her, but the evidence pointed to a passionate affair, and a murder inspired by jealousy. Found guilty and sentenced to death, she walked free after being pardoned by the Sultan of Selangor, much against the wishes of British officials. The event scandalized polite society, and revealed the suffocating nature of expatriate life in Malaya, where the British ruled with an unhealthy blend of suburban aspiration and gross insensitivity to the native population. Petty, hypocritical and terribly unhappy, the British never counted Malaya as home and spent their time wishing they weren't there. 'Cheltenham on the Equator' was rocked to its foundations by the dark, sordid nature of the trial. In this compelling work of social history Eric Lawlor examines Ethel Proudlock's case for the first time since the trial, and creates a disturbing portrait of this little-known outpost of Empire. There are qualities of Somerset Maugham (The Letter was based on the Proudlock trial) and Conrad (Heart of Darkness) in Eric Lawlor's book.

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About Eric Lawlor


Grew up in Dublin, educated in the US and now on a fellowship to UCLA. Has written two books for Vintage.

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GOR003606709
Murder on the Verandah: Love and Betrayal in British Malaya by Eric Lawlor
Eric Lawlor
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2000-03-06
320
0006550657
9780006550655
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