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The Wicked Boy

The Wicked Boy
Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017

by Kate Summerscale

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2016-05-05
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 140885113X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017 The gripping, fascinating account of a shocking murder case that sent late Victorian Britain into a frenzy, by the number one bestselling, multi-award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher 'Her research is needle-sharp and her period detail richly atmospheric, but what is most heartening about this truly remarkable book is the story of real-life redemption that it brings to light' John Carey, Sunday Times Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow brick terraced house in east London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, leaving the boys and their mother at home for the summer. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning family valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. During this time nobody saw or heard from their mother, though the boys told neighbours she was visiting relatives. As the sun beat down on the Coombes house, an awful smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, what they found in one of the bedrooms sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality – it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.

The Wicked Boy

The Wicked Boy
An Infamous Murder in Victorian London

by Kate Summerscale

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2017-07-04
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0143110462
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book! From the internationally bestselling author, a deeply researched and atmospheric murder mystery of late Victorian-era London In the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age 13) and his brother Nattie (age 12) were seen spending lavishly around the docklands of East London -- for ten days in July, they ate out at coffee houses and took trips to the seaside and the theater. The boys told neighbors they had been left home alone while their mother visited family in Liverpool, but their aunt was suspicious. When she eventually forced the brothers to open the house to her, she found the badly decomposed body of their mother in a bedroom upstairs. Robert and Nattie were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. Nattie struck a plea and gave evidence against his brother. The court heard testimony about Robert's severe headaches, his fascination with violent criminals and his passion for 'penny dreadfuls', the pulp fiction of the day. He seemed to feel no remorse for what he had done, and neither the prosecution nor the defense could find a motive for the murder. The judge sentenced the thirteen-year-old to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Yet Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert--one that would have profoundly shocked anyone who thought they understood the Wicked Boy. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Kate Summerscale recreates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past.

Blindman's Buff, Or, The Wicked Boy Reformed

Blindman's Buff, Or, The Wicked Boy Reformed
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1804
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Blindman's Buff, Or, The Wicked Boy Reformed

Blindman's Buff, Or, The Wicked Boy Reformed
Embellished with Three Copper-plate Engravings

by Berquin (M., Arnaud)

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1806
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Adventures of Woodrow the Wicked

The Adventures of Woodrow the Wicked
A Book

by A. Weber

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016-06-30
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN : 9781532894299
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In Woodrow's world, the moon is shattered against the vaulted sky. It serves as a constant reminder of his own broken life. At fifteen, he's seen his father murdered and his hometown burned to the ground. He escaped the destruction on his genius father's greatest invention, a mysterious airship. But everywhere he goes, a bad reputation precedes him. Woodrow the Wicked, they call him. They say he killed his father and burned his town.Woodrow is not without allies, such as they are: a self-interested feline pet, a "guardian" angel who does little to protect the boy (but has tried to kill him on one occasion), and a robotic golem--caring, but cowardly and mute. And then there's Cassandra, a young pirate-in-training; she's charming, but can she be trusted?Now Woodrow and his crew find themselves pursued across a fantastic world by a family of aristocratic sociopaths bent on obtaining the ship for their own sinister gain. Will Woodrow become the wicked boy the world thinks he is? Or will he find a way to rise above his reputation?

The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep
A Book

by Shea Ernshaw

  • Publisher : Simon Pulse
  • Release : 2019-04-02
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1481497359
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A New York Times bestseller. “A wickedly chilling debut.” —School Library Journal “Complex and sweetly satisfying.” —Booklist “Prepare to be bewitched.” —Paula Stokes, author of Girl Against the Universe “A story about the redemptive power of love.” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be “Eerie and enchanting.” —Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them. Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into. Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters. But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

False Reality, But True

False Reality, But True
A Book

by J. L. Zaring

  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release : 2013-10
  • Pages : 682
  • ISBN : 0991146204
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"False Reality, But True," is about the separate yet parallel journeys of two men and how both are touched with the grace of true love which is eternally seared to the beat of their hearts. The younger man's love acts as a hope, a powerful strength, pushing him through the gut of war and death, leaving him searching endlessly and tirelessly for the woman he loves. From the memories of their love, to the promises they made, he vows to find her before death scrapes her away, a flower to a withered form. The older man's love acts as a curse, condemning him to a life of heartache after a lost love that can never be redeemed. Vengeance to his love, the missing voice to his heart, he never rests as he seeks his last and final calling. Mysticism hides throughout their journeys and their unique connection unravels as their brutal fight for survival exposes the power of love and goodness in heroic proportions.

Mark of the Wicked

Mark of the Wicked
A Book

by Georgia Bowers

  • Publisher : Swoon Reads
  • Release : 2021-08-10
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1250773903
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers' creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked. Magic always leaves its mark. All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn't interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds. When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic - and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth...before anyone else turns up dead. "[A] breathlessly told, consuming portrait of a witch’s relationship with loneliness and power... protagonists are elaborately drawn, and the novel’s eerie atmosphere lingers." —Publishers Weekly

The Book of Phobias and Manias

The Book of Phobias and Manias
A History of Obsession

by Kate Summerscale

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2022-10-11
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0593489756
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the winner of the Edgar Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize, a cultural history of “everyday madness” The Book of Phobias and Manias is a thrilling compendium of 99 obsessions that have shaped us all, the rare and the familiar, from ablutophobia (a horror of washing) to syllogomania (a compulsion to hoard) to zoophobia (a fear of animals). Phobias and manias are deeply personal experiences, and perhaps the most common anxiety disorders of our time, but they are also clues to our shared past. The award-winning author Kate Summerscale uses rich and riveting case studies to trace the origins of our obsessions, unearthing a history of human strangeness, from the middle ages to the present day, and a wealth of explanations for some of our most powerful aversions and desires.

Vegans Are Tastier

Vegans Are Tastier
A Book

by Joe DeMarco

  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release : 2011-04
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 1456748300
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Take an evolutionary journey through time and space in an unexpected vegan book that includes branding, hunting, spanking, torture, death and cannibalism. 21st Century Historian (Gentile Rainn): On occasion, before dying out and destroying themselves, the meat-eaters were seen hanging around back alleys of pubs drinking and fighting, sometimes sodomizing each other. 21st Century Historian (Herb Dean): If you look at things with hindsight, the meat-eaters never really had a chance. I mean, they were so hypocritical to the point where they would have one animal, whom they loved and cared for, living with them (Some of these animals were referred to as dogs. Note the dyslexic reference to God), and in the same moment would bleed and suffer another animal so they could devour its charred flesh for supper. Local Vegan (Said Huster): The idea that vegetarians and meat-eaters were both Homo sapiens is a post-mortem thought gone the way of the moo-cow. Homo sapiens were by nature very self-gratifying. In other words, they didn't care what they murdered or whom they hurt in crimes of hunger and passion. They acted very cruelly towards one another. Religions were developed to try to right these instinctual behaviors, but these religions did little to deter most Homo sapiens hell-bent on self-delusions of pride. Sometime around the turn of the twenty-fourth century, the first true Homo nexus was born. (See also Homo vegetare.) 21st Century Historian (Herb Dean): Moo-cows became extinct, though it is unknown whether this happened before or after the demise of the human (meat-eater) omnivore. A strain of CuuD Disease (almost always spelled capital C, lower case u, lower case u, capital D), a mutation of mad cow disease, killed roughly 99 percent of the cows, roughly two-thirds of the carnivores on the land, and most human omnivores. It is believed the other human omnivores destroyed themselves through wars, terrorist acts and unhealthy diets, or starved to death rather than eat vegetables. 21st Century Historian (Willow Whittier): It is said the last meat-eater died sometime around the turn of the 23rd century. His name was said to have been Ronald McDonald.

The Wicked Pavilion

The Wicked Pavilion
A Book

by Dawn Powell

  • Publisher : Steerforth
  • Release : 2011-11-08
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN : 158195249X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The “Wicked Pavilion” of the title is the Café Julien, where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and to puncture one another’s reputation. Dennis Orphen, the writer from Dawn Powell’s Turn, Magic Wheel, makes an appearance here, as does Andy Callingham, Powell’s thinly disguised Ernest Hemingway. The climax of this mercilessly funny novel comes with a party which, remarked Gore Vidal, “resembles Proust’s last roundup,” and where one of the partygoers observes, “There are some people here who have been dead twenty years.” "For decades Dawn Powell was always just on the verge of ceasing to be a cult and becoming a major religion." -- Gore Vidal

The Little gleaner

The Little gleaner
A Book

by Septimus Sears

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1856
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Haunting of Alma Fielding

The Haunting of Alma Fielding
A True Ghost Story

by Kate Summerscale

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2021-04-27
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 0525557938
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize * New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Named a Best Book of the Year by The Sunday Times * The New Statesman * The Times * The Spectator * The Telegraph “Prepare not to see much broad daylight, literal or metaphorical, for days if you read this.... The atmosphere evoked is something I will never forget.”—The Times (London) London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding’s modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewelry appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead. After the sensational story headlines the news, Nandor Fodor, a Hungarian ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, arrives to investigate the poltergeist. But when he embarks on his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems. By unravelling Alma’s peculiar history, Fodor finds a different and darker type of haunting, a tale of trauma, alienation, loss and revenge. He comes to believe that Alma’s past has bled into her present, her mind into her body. There are no words for processing her experience, so it comes to possess her. As the threat of a world war looms, and as Fodor’s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed. With characteristic rigor and insight, Kate Summerscale brilliantly captures the rich atmosphere of a haunting that transforms into a very modern battle between the supernatural and the subconscious.

The Juvenile companion, and Sunday-school hive [afterw.] The Sunday school hive, and juvenile companion. Vol.4 [sic]; 3 [no.3]-43

The Juvenile companion, and Sunday-school hive [afterw.] The Sunday school hive, and juvenile companion. Vol.4 [sic]; 3 [no.3]-43
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1856
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Danish Fairy Legends and Tales ... Translated by Caroline Peachey. With a memoir of the author. Third edition, enlarged. With 120 illustrations, etc

Danish Fairy Legends and Tales ... Translated by Caroline Peachey. With a memoir of the author. Third edition, enlarged. With 120 illustrations, etc
A Book

by Hans Christian Andersen

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1861
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Their Pavel

Their Pavel
A Book

by Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

  • Publisher : Camden House
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 151
  • ISBN : 9781571133908
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Translation of nineteenth-century novel of life in a still-feudal Moravian village.

The Bedfordshire Tinker: Or, the History of John Bunyan, Etc

The Bedfordshire Tinker: Or, the History of John Bunyan, Etc
A Book

by George Eliel SARGENT

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1848
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Sixth Wicked Child

The Sixth Wicked Child
A Book

by J. D. Barker

  • Publisher : 4mk Thriller
  • Release : 2019-08-06
  • Pages : 532
  • ISBN : 9780990694977
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The riveting conclusion to Barker's 4MK trilogy.

Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours

Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1874
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Who Slays the Wicked

Who Slays the Wicked
A Book

by C. S. Harris

  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release : 2020-03-03
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 0399585672
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When Lord Ashworth is found brutally murdered, Sebastian St. Cyr is called in to help catch the killer. Just seven months before, Sebastian had suspected Ashworth of kidnapping and murder of a string of vulnerable street children. But Sebastian was never able to prove Ashworth's complicity. Nor was he able to prevent his troubled niece Stephanie from marrying him, a marriage that quickly turned into a sham. Now mounting evidence suggests that Ashworth's killer was a woman. Sebastian is tasked with unraveling the shocking surrounding Ashworth's life before Stephanie is punished for his death.