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Court Number One: The Trials and Scandals that Shocked Modern Britain

Court Number One: The Trials and Scandals that Shocked Modern Britain (Paperback)

By Grant, Thomas

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'These tales of eleven trials are shocking, squalid, titillating and illuminating: each of them says something fascinating about how our society once was' The Times 'A hamper of treats ... Grant is a master at conveying the cut-and-thrust of cross-examination' Sunday Telegraph 'D...eceptively thrilling' Sunday Times Court Number One of the Old Bailey is the most famous court room in the world, and the venue of some of the most sensational human dramas ever to be played out in a criminal trial. The principal criminal court of England, historically reserved for the more serious and high-profile trials, Court Number One opened its doors in 1907 after the building of the 'new' Old Bailey. In the decades that followed it witnessed the trials of the most famous and infamous defendants of the twentieth century. It was here that the likes of Madame Fahmy, Lord Haw Haw, John Christie, Ruth Ellis, George Blake (and his unlikely jailbreakers, Michael Randle and Pat Pottle), Jeremy Thorpe and Ian Huntley were defined in history, alongside a wide assortment of other traitors, lovers, politicians, psychopaths, spies, con men and - of course - the innocent. Not only notorious for its murder trials, Court Number One recorded the changing face of modern British society, bearing witness to alternate attitudes to homosexuality, the death penalty, freedom of expression, insanity and the psychology of violence. Telling the stories of twelve of the most scandalous and celebrated cases across a radically shifting century, this book traces the evolving attitudes of Britain, the decline of a society built on deference and discretion, the tensions brought by a more permissive society and the rise of trial by mass media. From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories, Court Number One is a mesmerising window onto the thrills, fears and foibles of the modern age.
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ISBN 9781473651630
Released NZ 9 Sep 2020
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Paperback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781473651630
Stock Release date is 9 September 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Released 9 Sep 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Grant, Thomas
Category True Crime
World History: From C 1900 -
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 345.42101
Weight 340g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Criminal law - Cases - England - London, Trials - History - 20th century - England - London, Trials - History - 21st century - England - London
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade