The Suicide Bride

The Suicide Bride - The Australian Crime Vault

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Publisher's Synopsis

Whenever society produces a depraved criminal, we wonder: is it nature or is it nurture?

When the charlatan Alicks Sly murdered his wife, Ellie, and killed himself with a cut-throat razor in a house in Sydney's Newtown in early 1904, he set off a chain of events that could answer that question. He also left behind mysteries that might never be solved. Sociologist Dr Tanya Bretherton traces the brutal story of Ellie, one of many suicide brides in turn-of-the-century Sydney; of her husband, Alicks, and his family; and their three orphaned sons, adrift in the world.

From the author of the acclaimed THE SUITCASE BABY - shortlisted for the 2018 Ned Kelly Award, Danger Prize and Waverley Library 'Nib' Award - comes another riveting true-crime case from Australia's dark past. THE SUICIDE BRIDE is a masterful exploration of criminality, insanity, violence and bloody family ties in bleak, post-Victorian Sydney.

Book information

ISBN: 9780733640988
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Hachette Australia
Pub date:
DEWEY: 364.15230922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 400g
Height: 232mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 26mm