A Fine Day for a Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story

A Fine Day for a Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story

by Carol Ann Lee
     
 

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In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'.

Despite Ruth's infamy, the story

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In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'.

Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. Often wilfully misinterpreted, the reality behind the headlines was buried by an avalanche of hearsay. But now, through new interviews and comprehensive research into previously unpublished sources, Carol Ann Lee examines the facts without agenda or sensation. A portrait of the era and an evocation of 1950s club life in all its seedy glamour, A Fine Day for a Hanging sets Ruth's gripping story firmly in its historical context in order to tell the truth about both her timeless crime and a punishment that was very much of its time.


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"The power of the book . . . resides in her rich, human portrait of Otto Frank . . . Lee's instinct for displaying the humanity of her subjects is best attested to by her portrayal of Tonny Ahlers, which is so engaging and frighteningly complex that readers will want to know more about him."  —Publishers Weekly on The Hidden Life of Otto Frank

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780573694
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Carol Ann Lee is an acclaimed biographer and has written extensively on the Holocaust. Her most recent publications are Evil Relations, the story of David Smith, chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murder case, and the bestselling One of Your Own, which focused on the life and death of Myra Hindley.

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