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The Wicked Boy
The Wicked Boy | Kate Summerscale
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.
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LiteraryLona
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Mehso-so

I wanted more from this one than it was able to get around to. Overall, an interesting overview of a horrendous crime, but I didn‘t care for the retellings. #campandread

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Natascia.Brondino
Mehso-so

I liked Kate summerscale style, clear and straight, well-documented, but I struggled to finish this book. Too gaunt and not so fluid

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JPeterson
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Pickpick

Interesting tale of a child murderer and the Victorian justice system. Overall, I found it an enjoyable read, I just lost interest at the end (reasons why with spoiler tags in comments.)

JPeterson I just couldn‘t care about the story when Robert was freed and his military history. The last part of him helping a young child to overcome his troubles was neat, and that was the only saving grace for the last few chapters. 14mo
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JPeterson
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#BlackCatChallenge: #Nightmare

This is my boyfriends nightmare - how many books will I return with after a library sale. 😱😉

I am impressed I only came back with 7, for a total of only $20. 🤗

coffeenebula Hild is SO great! 1y
SarahSaysRead Fledgling! 🖤 1y
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Suetara
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The best boxes are the ones that contain books. #bookoutlethaul

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LiteraryLona
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@BookaholicNatty you‘ve outdone yourself! Thank you!!!

BookaholicNatty @LiteraryLona I‘m soooo glad you got it!!!! ❤️🎉 I had fun picking out some books for you!!! Did you have any of the books already? I tried to pick out ones I thought you would like 1y
LiteraryLona I love them all and didn‘t have any of them already :) they‘re perfect! 1y
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Leelee08
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My $10 haul from the used bookstore!💙

UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
gibblr Niiiice! 1y
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MaeMaeLu
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Starting my 3rd book for #24in48. Tbf I finished a book I was half through first but it counts! @24in48

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TracyReadsBooks
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In 1895, 13 year-old Robert Coombes confessed to killing his mother. Found guilty but insane, he was sentenced to Broadmoor (a criminal lunatic asylum) where he stayed until he was released 17 years later. The author challenges what you think you know about Robert in the second half of the book—the story of what he did when he got out and how his crime might be explained. Very well-written, engrossing account of the crime & the era. Recommended.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Ohhh, I know some kids who definitely wish this was a thing!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Time to finish this one now that I‘m back from vacation.

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Emenendez
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TracyReadsBooks
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Really interesting discussion of compulsory & free education, the resulting increase in literacy and the rise of penny dreadfuls which often served as a distraction, according to the author, from the rote learning in school.

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TracyReadsBooks
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The 19th c. equivalent of video games...

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TracyReadsBooks
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The cover pretty much says it all...what it doesn‘t say is that this is an account of a 13 year old boy who confessed to killing his mother. Described not only as an investigation of the murder and its aftermath but also an examination of London and its inhabitants coming to grips with new social and political climates, this book has great reviews. I‘m anticipating a good read.

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TheDoubleLetterThief
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A really good listen. Well researched and Summerscale evokes a vivid Victorian setting. Tho there were some parts that, although interesting, did seem to not be relevant for eh story and dragged it out a bit. Would read another of hers tho.

Mdargusch I love Victorian true crime! 2y
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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Started The Wicked Boy audiobook in the bus on the way back to Nanjing from Yangzhou. This pic is taken at the Bamboo garden we visited today.

kspenmoll Gorgeous. Is that a rock formation in forefront? 2y
britt_brooke Beautiful! 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @kspenmoll yep. Some Chinese gardens aren‘t considered finished without this sort of rock formation. 2y
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kezzlou85
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This was an interesting read. It tells the story of Robert who murders his mother and then we follow his life after the trial which was fascinating to read.

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KennedyBooks
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Has anyone read any of these little lovelies yet?! This weeks mini book haul with the weekend still to come!#howtostoptime #thesecrethistory #bookhaul

ShookBelf The Secret History is one of my all-time favourite books. 2y
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Moonpa
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Deborah42
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After murdering their mother, thirteen year old Robert Coombes and his younger brother spend the next ten days watching cricket matches, playing cards, and pawning their possessions. The party is cut short when a nosy relative insists on entering the house to investigate a noxious odor. Emily Coombes‘ decomposing body is discovered and Robert confesses on the spot.

Robert‘s story is meticulously researched. For true crime fans.

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Samanthalack
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Fun and intriguing read.

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Moonpa
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Brought the kids home to their parents and of course I had to go to the local book store! Toby wanted to be in the photo too. #dogsoflitsy

Melissa_J Toby is so cute 🐶❤️ 2y
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melissanorr
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Tried 4 books in the last 8 hours but none of them have held my attention. Trying to decide what to read next in #24in48.

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vivastory
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Books_Wine_Repeat I just read some great reviews on Made for Love. It's on my TBR list. 3y
vivastory @Books_Wine_Repeat It sounds pretty wild. 🐬 🐬 3y
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BooksForEmpathy Just finished Made to Love! Hahahaaa! I had fun. 3y
vivastory @BooksForEmpathy I've never read Nutting, it sounds great 3y
Redwritinghood Great haul! I see you have Wicked Boy already. Would be funny if you wind up reading it before I do. 3y
vivastory @Redwritinghood Thanks for posting about it. I wouldn't have noticed it at the store. 3y
Texreader I ❤️ Jussi Adler Olsen! Nice haul! 3y
vivastory @Texreader The bookstore employee recommended it after I asked for procedurals with memorable characters along the lines of Tana French 3y
Texreader The regular characters are quirky and great! Hope you love it! 3y
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Redwritinghood
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Just got some holiday book mail. This was a recent GoodReads win. One more for my tbr!

vivastory Hadn't heard of this one. Stacked! 3y
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tarabu42
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I don't know what I was expecting, as I haven't read True Crime in years, but wow these are awful people doing awful things.

tarabu42 Spoiler: The Wicked Boy grew up and made good, in spite of growing up as a child in that house. 3y
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Shazzer
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Enjoyed this book. From the brutal murder to how Robert lived his life afterwards was so interesting. I especially liked the description of the trial and the press reactions. Things haven't changed. Really like this author

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JulietteGF
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I found this book very interesting. I learned a lot on the Victorian justice system. Definitely a good read ;)

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JulietteGF
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Time to read... and eat... and drink... tea of course!

Faibka Mmm those madeleines look good 😊 3y
JulietteGF They were good ;) I bought them at Whole Foods 3y
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JulietteGF
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Reading with my cat warming my feet ;)

Faibka 😻😻😻 3y
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JulietteGF
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Time to read ;) With a tea, and a wonderful caramel/amber scent...

Faibka Perfect! 😃 l recognize that mug 😉 3y
JulietteGF I love my mugs, the woman who made them for me is a dear friend, who I visit each time I go back home. 3y
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deirdrebeecher
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I recently read a comment, where someone said they shouldn't have to push through a story, it should grab them from the start. Normally I would agree. But you know that is the problem with true stories, they can be inconsistent. I thought the first third, which dealt with the crime a little depressing. But I am so glad I pushed on, because it builds to a fascinating ending.

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Bookish_Predator
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Thought I'd start this one today. Still trying to get through my NetGalley list and currently failing miserably 😏

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amypeveto
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Pickpick

I know it's only August, but I'm calling it now: favorite read of 2016.

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Karli
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Because having a good reference is just a good way to start, right?

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Reviewsbylola
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Panpan

I know I am in the minority, but I did not enjoy this one. It is touted as a mystery but really, where was the mystery? We are told from the start that Robert killed his mother (Victorian England, 1895), so I kept waiting and waiting for some other mystery to unveil itself. Now that I have finished the book, I get where Summerscale was going with it, but to me it just read of a boring biography of a man that just happened to kill his mother.

heylucy Bummer! I have that one from the library right now! 3y
Reviewsbylola I have only seen positive reviews for it so far so hopefully you like it! @heylucy 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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It's almost 1:30 AM and I am awake . . . for now. So I may as well jump in and start on the #24in48. This is my current read and I am just over 50% in. I'll be honest, it is dragging for me. Something about Summerscale's writing is just too matter of fact, like she is just spitting out facts. I have to say though, I wish newspapers these days were as interesting as the ones back then!

LauraJ Tempted by this book... 3y
Reviewsbylola The first book of hers I read, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, was fantastic. Then she published a book a few years ago that I was so excited for but ultimately bailed on because I couldn't get into it. This one is picking up but jury's still out on how I feel about it. @LauraJ 3y
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SarahBZ
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When your apartment is too hot you head to your neighborhood wine bar for a Gruner and Victorian true crime, The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale #booksandbooze

BookBabe Perfect solution! 🍷📚 3y
Reviewsbylola This is one of my current reads too! 3y
MrBook One smart woman, ye are! 😎👍🏻 3y
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Penguinpress
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One of EW's must reads for the summer!

Reviewsbylola Reading this right now! 4y
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missfarin
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"Suicide during temporary insanity, induced by reading trashy novels." ?

Biblio_Bon Clearly a reasonable conclusion 😂 4y
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missfarin
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Very few people write nonfiction like Kate Summerscale. Completely hooked.

LitHousewife That sounds really good! 4y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I read a great review of this one recently. Have it on my list even though I don't read a lot of non-fiction. 4y
BethFishReads How I'd miss this? 4y
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missfarin @BethFishReads I feel like it came in way under the radar. So far, it's just as good as Mr. Wicher. 4y
missfarin @kaysreadinglife This is the perfect kind of nonfiction for a fiction reader. It feels exactly like a regular mystery/thriller. 4y
BethFishReads I've got it on hold at the library. Only one person ahead of me 4y
MrBook I listened to the author get interviewed on a history podcast. Great author! 4y
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DGRachel
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OMG! I'm so excited for this book. @Liberty had this on today's new books newsletter. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher was amazing. I'm #10 in line on my library's hold list. I can't wait! Curse you for adding to my TBR stack Liberty! 😂

Liberty 😝 4y
Liberty 😝 4y
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KrisConstantReader
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Excellent book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars! Highly recommended for anyone. Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

KrisConstantReader Read my full review and add me on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1690053818 4y
Reviewsbylola I am glad to hear you liked it. I hope to read this one soon. 4y
KrisConstantReader @Reviewsbylola it's excellent, very rich in detail. 4y
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KrisConstantReader
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I love this.

Tav How do you highlight the text? I can't find that effect in the app. 4y
KrisConstantReader @Tav I highlighted in kindle where I was reading it. 4y
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KrisConstantReader
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I'm so unbelievably excited--I got this one from Netgalley today, yay me!!! I totally would've bought this when it came out. Now I have this and around 12 others waiting for me now #bookproblems

Reviewsbylola I am excited for this one too! 4y
KrisConstantReader @Reviewsbylola it looks excellent--exactly the type of book I usually love. 4y
DiruVamp @callunakeep this sounds really interesting! 4y
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Reviewsbylola Have you read The Suspicions of Mr Whicher? That was wonderful! I didn't care for Mrs Robinson's Disgrace though. 4y
KrisConstantReader @Reviewsbylola I haven't read anything by her yet but how I definitely want to. I'll look that one up for sure! 4y
Keegz63 I second The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher! I really enjoyed it! 4y
callunakeep @DiruVamp Oh heck yes!! 4y
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Lissa00
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Just started this strange book. My cat and I are both enjoying it:)

KrisConstantReader I want to read this one! 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Woah! Victorian child murderer! Ye gads! 🤘😱 will def get this one! 4y
SusanInTiburon I liked The Suspicions of Mr Whicher very much, so this goes on my list. 4y
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quirkyreader
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This book showed how people can change. The main person in this book went from being a murderer to a protector of a child. In a nutshell, labels don't define people. But their actions do. The book was also full of Australia's part in the Great War(WWI). I plowed through this wonderful book.

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'I only recognize one class' proclaimed Leggatt, 'namely, the working class, who produce all the wealth of the world, and are therefore the only useful class, and the only class entitled to ride.' It seems sentiments were similar in 1894.

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