SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR: This hardcover book is in very good condition overall. The cover of the book has a gilded title on the spine, and includes the original jacket. There is some very minor wear on the cover, which is barely noticeable. The jacket has a few visible markings, as well as some fraying along some edges. The original price is still on the inside of the jacket, and has not been cut. Overall, the pages of the book are in very good condition, and most if not all are without issue. As mentioned above, the book appears to have been signed by the author, however as this book is a donated item, we cannot personally verify the signature.
Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy , Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality - it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.