Tuesday, 27 November 2012

On the radio in Ireland

After receiving an email and having a quick telephone conversation, it looks as though I'm going to be interviewed tomorrow about The Most Remarkable Woman in England by Sean Moncrieff on Ireland's Newstalk 106-108 FM.

The live interview should, I'm told, take place at about 4pm GMT.

Even if you're not in Ireland, of course, you can listen along online.

[UPDATE]: for those who might have missed it, you can hear the interview here (from 6:40).

Thursday, 22 November 2012

New review in the Times Higher Education

There is a very positive review of The Most Remarkable Woman in England in today's Times Higher Education.

Along with providing a good summary of the main contents, June Purvis observes:

The Most Remarkable Woman in England is an intriguing book. It not only raises pertinent questions about the use of "evidence" to build a criminal case but also reveals how debates about gender roles, domestic violence and justice for the poor erupted at one particular cultural moment in inter-war Britain.

And she concludes:

This book will be an invaluable aid to those interested in the history of criminal justice and British society in the 1920s.

I would only note a minor misstatement early on in the review: it was not 'nearly five decades' after the case that I became interested in it, rather nearly eight.

Five decades after the case I was still in primary school.

At that point, I had still given little thought to becoming a historian. My interests were focused elsewhere.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Today in the Pace case: 16 November 1890

16 November 1890: The date of birth of Harry Pace.

The only image of Harry Pace that was published  by the press in 1928.