december, 2017

02dec10:30 am12:30 amTRUE CRIME & NOSTALGIA AT GERRARDS CROSS BOOK SHOP

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TRUE CRIME AND NOSTALGIA From 1030 am till 1230 pm on Saturday 2 December, local author Denise Beddows (who also writes local history as DJ Kelly) will be at Gerrards Cross Book Shop signing copies of her latest true crime book. Odd Man Out – A Motiveless Murder? is an account of the first murder ever recorded in the Lancashire mill town of Rawtenstall in 1948. When transgendered former bus conductress Margaret ‘Bill’ Allen, who barely knew the victim, was arrested and subsequently convicted of the brutal slaying of a 68-year-old woman, the courts deemed it a ‘motiveless murder’. Despite desperate campaigning by lover Annie, ‘Bill’ was hanged. Did ‘Bill’ do it? If so, why? If not, who did? The author reveals critical evidence which was suppressed by the police at the time, and asks whether the verdict, and society’s treatment of ‘Bill’ would be very much different today. Alongside Denise, will be Joan Brant, author of Homes for Heroes – Memories of Life in a 1940s Prefab. Born and raised in a prefab which once stood on Finch Lane, Amersham, but which is now an exhibit at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, Joan was tasked by the museum with writing this account of her family’s fascinating and amusing experiences, including the battle her ex-combatant father had with a local ‘Mussolini’ in order to acquire a home, and what happened the night a Luftwaffe pilot landed on their roof! Both books are available as illustrated paperbacks at £7.99 and £6.99 respectively.

Time

(Saturday) 10:30 am - 12:30 am

Location

Gerrards Cross Book Shop

Gerrards Cross Bookshop, 12A Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 7QE

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