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Bestselling author Kate Summerscale to give lecture on ‘Detecting Victorian Crime’ at University of Leicester

06 December 2017 — 06 December 2017 Leicester, University of

Author of the bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Kate Summerscale will give the annual Victorian Studies Centre lecture at the University of Leicester on 6 December.

The talk, entitled ‘Detecting Victorian Crime’, will delve into the Victorian period’s fascination with the detective figure.

The Victorian era’s interest in the detective can be seen in the burgeoning crime genre of the time, with texts such as On Murder by Thomas de Quincey, and the renowned canon of Sherlock Holmes short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle produced at the time. 

Kate Summerscale is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.

During the talk, Kate will discuss how she researches and writes her award-winning books. Her works include The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer, Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady and The Queen of Whale Cay. Her book The Suspicions of Mr Whicher is based on a real-life crime, the murder of a child investigated by Jack Whicher- one of the founding detectives of Scotland Yard. 

In 2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher was adapted for television by Hat Trick Productions, and inspired three further fictional dramas about Jack Whicher’s investigations on ITV.

The lecture will commence at 5.15 pm in the University of Leicester’s Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, followed by a wine reception. The free lecture is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public.

Gowan Dawson, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Leicester, and Director of the Victorian Studies Centre, said: “Kate Summerscale’s award-winning books brilliantly capture the atmosphere of the Victorian period, especially its crimes, transgressions and hidden secrets.  The Suspicions of Mr Whicher in particular has caught the imaginations of millions of readers and television viewers, and the Victorian Studies Centre’s annual lecture is a wonderful opportunity to hear this acclaimed author speak about her work and her fascination with the Victorians.”

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