The Crime Writers’ Association

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2017


Kate Summerscale

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing

What happened to the Victorian boy who killed his mother throws light not only on the Victorian system of crime and punishment but also on the wider society of the late 19th century. Summerscale’s researches uncover a surprising ending.

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