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This is an auction for THE VICTORIAN RAILWAY MURDERS by Arthur & Mary Sellwood. reviews:

"ON THE TRACKS OF MURDER: Unlike on the continent, where railway murders in the 19th century at times were seen as an everyday hazard of travel, Britain claimed only four during the Victorian period. They are written about here, two of them in detail, in a book with a fast paced readable style though somewhat confusing chapter divisions. Luckily the index is good and compensates for the latter. At times relating events as lurid as penny dreadfuls the book maintains a scholarly bent with a desire to see justice done."

"THE VICTORIAN RAILWAY MURDERS offers a compelling account of the first murders to be committed on Britain's railways. It vividly describes how passengers were helpless if attacked in the train's box-like compartments, preventing them from summoning help or stopping the train. The first murders to be committed on Britain's railways caused public outcry and much debate, forcing the railway companies to introduce safety measures. THE VICTORIAN RAILWAY MURDERS follows the work of the police in their attempt to track down the murderers (in a time when there was little scientific help) and bring them to justice. Arthur and Mary Sellwood have written a book which is as sharp and potent as the tang from the bottle of smelling salts which a prudent Victorian lady would have carried when travelling on Britain's railways."

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Hardback 1979.

160 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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