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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Murder by the Book: The Crime that Shocked Victorian Literary London

13th October 2018, 11:30 to 12:30, Palace Green Library, Claire Harman

Award-winning biographer Claire Harman dives into the murky world of Victorian London in this Durham Book Festival event.

Murder by the Book is a gripping investigation into a vicious murder that scandalised Victorian literary London, a crime inspired – or so the killer claimed – by one of the bestselling novels of the day.

Claire Harman is the bestselling biographer of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Robert Louis Stevenson and the author of Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World and the acclaimed Charlotte Brontë: A Life.

Chaired by Professor Simon James.

This is just one of over 90 events taking place at Durham Book Festival.

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