It’s a classic Victorian melodrama of shenanigans in Hull with a “naughty lady”, and betrayal, spite and revenge on a terrifying scale. And the key piece of evidence that sends the murderer to the gallows – a half-knitted stocking. Will link to our new podcast here when it’s up.
I wasn’t even sure where I was going with this, or what angle to take, when someone who had booked and re-booked us for talks several times, asked me to do another talk and wondered what I was writing about at the moment. The research notes were loosely connected with the working title “Dark Side” and so, as I talked about a potential future talk, as I heard myself speaking I sort of realised this was not unlike a sort of horrible histories for adults – and so ‘Their Darkest Materials’ was born. ..