Book Synopsis The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton by : Jeremy Clay
"If you like black humour you will like Clay's eclectic compilation.""The Times" (UK) Deliciously dreadful and deliriously funny, "The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton" will have you, one way or another, in tears. Featured stories include: Wife Driven Mad by Husband Tickling Feet and Pallbearer Killed by Coffin in Graveyard."
Book Synopsis The Burglar Caught By A Skeleton by : Jeremy Clay
'If you like black humour you will like Clay's eclectic compilation.' The Times 'It's a fun account of the more lurid side of Victorian life that, if you'll forgive me for mentioning Christmas this early, would make a good stocking filler.' Liverpool Echo A summer's afternoon, 1889. In a hotel in the sedate Welsh resort of Llandrindod Wells, holidaymaker Mr T.J. Osborne is preparing to catch the train home. The day is warm. The window is open. A fully-grown African lion leaps in. In the animated few minutes that follow, a startled Mr Osborne gets a crash-course in lion-taming, and after holding the ferocious beast at bay with a chair, becomes the star of a brisk article in the next morning's newspapers. The report of this unlikely encounter is just one of countless extraordinary tales which have lain unseen and unknown in the dusty recesses of newspaper libraries across the nation. Journalist Jeremy Clay has delved into the British Library archives to find the long-lost stories that enthralled and appalled the Victorians. The result is The Burglar Caught By A Skeleton and Other Singular Stories from the Victorian Press, a treasure trove of bizarre, quirky, pathetic and grisly stories from the newspapers of the age. They include: * An unseemly brawl between a bearded lady and a snake charmer. * A fisherman who netted the body of his long-lost brother. * A dozy inventor, killed by his own Wallace and Gromit-style contraption. * A widow living with a corpse, to claim his pension. * A python, stoned to death by boys in Middlesbrough. * A cricket match setting a team of one-legged men against players with one arm. * A drunk monkey, that smashed up a bar after being refused more booze.
Download or Read eBook The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals PDF written by Michelle Morgan and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2018-04-12 with total page 329 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Book Synopsis The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals by : Michelle Morgan
'Ghoulishly entertaining' Jacqueline Banerjee, Times Literary Supplement 'This is a great book for dipping into . . . the cases themselves are written engagingly and with appealing dramatisation of key events.' Kim Fleet, Crime Review A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences - such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre in 1897 filled the front pages for many weeks - as well as lesser-known transgressions that scandalised the Victorian era. The tales include murders and violent crimes, but also feature scandals that merely amused the Victorians. These include the story of a teenage man who married an actress, only to be shipped off to Australia by his disgusted parents; and the Italian ice-cream man who only meant to buy his sweetheart a hat but ended up proposing marriage instead. When he broke it off, his fiancée's father sued him and the story was dubbed the 'Amusing Aberdeen Breach of Promise Case'. Also present is the gruesome story of the murder of Patrick O Connor who was shot in the head and buried under the kitchen flagstones by his lover Maria Manning and her husband, Frederick. The couple's subsequent trial caused a sensation and even author Charles Dickens attended the grisly public hanging. Drawing on a range of sources from university records and Old Bailey transcripts to national and regional newspaper archives, Michelle Morgan's research sheds new light on well-known stories as well as unearthing previously unknown incidents.
Download or Read eBook Laughter, Literature, Violence, 1840–1930 PDF written by Jonathan Taylor and published by Springer. This book was released on 2019-02-04 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Book Synopsis Laughter, Literature, Violence, 1840–1930 by : Jonathan Taylor
Laughter, Literature, Violence, 1840-1930 investigates the strange, complex, even paradoxical relationship between laughter, on the one hand, and violence, war, horror, death, on the other. It does so in relation to philosophy, politics, and key nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary texts, by Edgar Allan Poe, Edmund Gosse, Wyndham Lewis and Katherine Mansfield – texts which explore the far reaches of Schadenfreude, and so-called ‘superiority theories’ of laughter, pushing these theories to breaking point. In these literary texts, the violent superiority often ascribed to laughter is seen as radically unstable, co-existing with its opposite: an anarchic sense of equality. Laughter, humour and comedy are slippery, duplicitous, ambivalent, self-contradictory hybrids, fusing apparently discordant elements. Now and then, though, literary and philosophical texts also dream of a different kind of laughter, one which reaches beyond its alloys – a transcendent, ‘perfect’ laughter which exists only in and for itself.
Download or Read eBook Great British Eccentrics PDF written by S. D. Tucker and published by Amberley Publishing Limited. This book was released on 2015-09-15 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Download or Read eBook The truth about socialism PDF written by Allan L. Benson and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2023-09-15 with total page 114 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Download or Read eBook The Mystery of the Vanishing Skeleton PDF written by Helen Moss and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2011-09-01 with total page 144 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Book Synopsis The Mystery of the Vanishing Skeleton by : Helen Moss
A string of unusual crimes hits Castle Key and the chief suspect seems to be a skeleton! Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog immediately start investigating, but nothing about the mystery makes sense. Will the friends finally be defeated by this baffling mix of crimes and the mysterious culprit, or can they uncover the sinister secret that connects them all? The sixth gripping mystery in the exciting new Adventure Island series!
Download or Read eBook The Skeleton Box PDF written by Bryan Gruley and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2012-06-05 with total page 338 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Award-winning author Gruley returns with the third novel in his critically acclaimed mystery series. Mysterious break-ins are plaguing the small town of Starvation Lake and worry turns to panic when a break-in leads to the death of a beloved citizen.