The Second-Last Woman in EnglandAuthor: Maggie Joel
Imprint: Pier 9
Featured in the June, 2010 magazine
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South Kensington, London, 1953. Mrs Harriet Wallis is found guilty of the murder of her husband, Cecil, and becomes the second-last woman in England to be hanged. From this dramatic beginning, the story moves back a year and, detail by detail, the events that culminate in the demise of a wealthy and happy family are revealed.
Instead of a gloomy history, I was entertained from start to finish with an invented family narrative set in a superbly recreated 1950's London...
Review by: Barbara Baker