True stories: discovery / historical / scientific

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    One of the non-fiction books of the year.’ Andrew O’ Hagan

    A powerful, evocative and deeply personal journey into the world of missing people

  • By Kate Morgan


    ‘Fascinating’ – Sunday Times

    ‘Masterful’ – Judith Flanders

    ‘A page-turning read’ – Prof. David Wilson

    Totally gripping and brilliantly told, Murder: The Biography is a gruesome and utterly captivating portrait of the legal history of murder.

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    Frances Howard has beauty and a powerful family – and is the most unhappy creature in the world. Anne Turner has wit and talent – but no stage on which to display them. Little stands between her and the abyss of destitution. When these two very different women meet in the strangest of circumstances, a powerful friendship is sparked. Frankie sweeps Anne into a world of splendour that exceeds all she imagined: a Court whose foreign king is a stranger to his own subjects; where ancient families fight for power, and where the sovereign’s favourite may rise and rise – so long as he remains in favour. With the marriage of their talents, Anne and Frankie enter this extravagant, savage hunting ground, seeking a little happiness for themselves. But as they gain notice, they also gain enemies; what began as a search for love and safety leads to desperate acts that could cost them everything.