Damn His Blood by Peter Moore

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So, this is a murder story, but it is more than that – it is a picture of a society in flux, on the verge of the industrial revolution, where old customs were being swept aside.
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'Damn him!' he swore. 'There is no more harm in shooting him than a mad dog!' The brutal murder of the Reverend George Parker in the rural village of Oddingley on Midsummer's Day in 1806 - shot and beaten to death, his body set on fire and left smouldering in his own glebe field - gripped everyone from the Home Secretary in London to newspapermen across the country. It was a strange and stubborn case. The investigation lasted twenty-four years and involved inquests, judges and coroners, each more determined than the last to solve Oddingley's most gruesome crime - or crimes, as it turned out. "Damn His Blood" is a fascinating glimpse into English rural life at the beginning of the nineteenth century, so often epitomised by the civilised drawing rooms of Jane Austen or the rural idylls of Constable. England was exhausted and nervous: dogged by Pitt's war taxes, mounting inflation and the lingering threat of a French invasion, violence was rife, particularly in rural communities where outsiders were regarded with deep suspicion. With a cast of characters straight out of Hardy, "Damn His Blood" is a nail-biting true story of brutality, greed and ruthlessness which brings an elusive society vividly back to life.
 

About Peter Moore

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Peter Moore is a writer and freelance journalist. Born in Staffordshire in 1983, he studied history and sociology at Durham University and then spent six years working in the media in Madrid and London, where he was head of publishing at an award-winning digital agency. He now teaches creative writing at City University in London. Damn His Blood is his first book.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Chatto & Windus. 364 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jun 11 2013

So, this is a murder story, but it is more than that – it is a picture of a society in flux, on the verge of the industrial revolution, where old customs were being swept aside.

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