- Charlottetown, PE, Canada
- member since April 4, 2009
'All the Lonely People.' From an author who comes so highly recommended it is interesting to note you found this novel so dire. I have never read any of Martin Edwards books but have heard great things about him. I shall, on your critique here, avoid this one.
Suddenly I am a know it all with just two visist to the Eaastend! The first police force was not the Bow Street Runners but the Marine Police Force that was formed by magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and a Master Mariner, John Harriott, in 1798!
Flash git aren't I?!!
I did look up a modern Police record of the Ratcliffe Murders and from evidence now found there was nothing to incriminate Williamson as a murderer they just, as you say, needed a scapegoat.
I look forward to your GREAT novel, especially if it is set in Victorian London as I, like you, love and loathe that period.
I will send you over a draft copy of the cover Dave has made for our walks. I think you will like it. Keep an eye on your regular E-mail inbox!!
I look forward to you writing more as I have always enjoyed your stuff.
I have written about the stake thing which I find appalling (or should that be impaling!).
They were mass murders but surely also serial killings even though probably committed by a gang as the chap who topped himself almost certainly did not murder anyone but was possibly part of a larger group?
Could this not mean that Jack was not the world's first serial killer but the second?!
Thanks for this note which I only spotted today (21/01/10)
The Ten Bells indeed! I used to sit in there listening to Blondie, Ian Dury and Squeeze on the Juke Box back in the 70's. Even played pool upstairs where I was thoroughly beaten.
If you know of Jack Ripper then what of the Ratcliffe Murders. Have you ever read of them? Fascinating series of murders that took place in the early 1800' a good seventy years before Jack!
Dave and I have started the London Walks beginning with Wapping and Tobacco Dock. We intend to start with the Docklands and then move both East and then South taking in Cable Street and possibly the riots, touching on old Moseley. The first of these chapbooks will be posted to you around April!
I haven't read Henry Mayhew but will now so thanks for that.
You take care too mate!
The latest book you are reading has a title that simply calls out for the book to be read. You don't appera to have rated it yet. Is worth my buying?
Also, I knew of your love of all things related to Jack the Ripper and can see that fact confirmed on your book shelf. I am about to start another series of walks but this time with a frend who is a photographer and artist. Our inention is to walk around London, initially Docklands but then spreading out to the East End including the Battle of Cable Street and of course Jack the Ripper. I used to drink in the pub that is associated with him. Backin the 70's it was called The Jack the Ripper but I think its original name was different. No doubtI will find out more when I start myy research.
Happy New Year to you!
Funny that two of your gandparents wereIrish. My pysuedonym is Duffy (an Irish surname) and was my Great Grandmothers and my mothers surname is also Irish. Her cousins being the Murphy's, The Doyle's and the Prigan's. How odd we even share that similarity. Your Mum didn't have any bastard offspring did she? I am adopted (not really - only joking!)
The thing that I also found so rivetting about Steven King is the way he uses, with such a deft hand, the American family. All of his books seem to use this natural device to 'anchor' the reader into reality. You identify with the characters only to see members suffer horribly.
I read Angela's Ashes a couple of years back with on holiday. A terrfic read. The lasting impression I got though was the cloying, smothering force of catholicism that was so evident in Ireland then. I see you like Steven King! Me too (but of course we should have known that) Also, the Excorcist which, novel to one side, has to be one of my favourite films ever.
All good stuff.