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A murderous read...
A murderous read...

You should always find the time to escape inside the pages of a good book, and GO! has been nosing up some fresh opportunities to the racks, courtesy of local authors.

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Buckinghamshire Murder & Crime, by Scott Houghton, is a collection of terrible deeds perpetrated in and around the region during the 1900s, spanning 1837 to 1880 and including in 1870 the horrific death of 10-year-old lad Thomas James Newbury.

He was a field worker in Little Linford, whose lifeless body was found beside a hedge in a pea field.

Six years earlier, in 1864, 17-year-old Annie Leeson was killed by her neighbour, William John Stevens.

Stevens was besotted by the young domestic worker, but when his charms were spurned, jealousy eventually gave way to murder – when Leeson went to collect water from a nearby pump, Stevens waited for her, and cut her throat.

Stevens lost his life for the brutality, and was the last man publicly hanged at Aylesbury Gaol, in the archway entrance.

If you like local history and are intrigued by gruesome tales, as we do, Buckinghamshire Murder & Crime is a great addition to the book shelf.

Get it: £9.99

> A new anthology of Rudyard Kipling’s verse courtesy of Olney-based author Brian Harris OBE, QC, is now available through Amazon.

‘The Surprising Mr Kipling argues that the poet, far from being the stuffy Victorian imperialist he is sometimes depicted as, was a man of fine sensibilities who dealt with the timeless themes of pain and suffering, forgiveness and redemption, love and hate.’

What you won’t get among the book’s pages, is another selection of Kipling’s so-called ‘best’ poems. Instead, Harris offers the reader something different – demonstrating the extraordinary width and depth of the subject’s talents.

“It was during a long hot Summer childhood that I chanced upon Rudyard Kipling’s short stories on the bookshelves of a family friend’s house in the country, and immersed myself in them with joy, explained Brian.

“It was not until much later that I discovered his poetry and began to wonder why so little of it was well known. “Throughout Kipling’s career - and since - praise and disparagement have been his lot in almost equal measure. Today he is acknowledged as one of our finest short story writers and the author of at least one truly great novel, but, as it seems to me, his poetry has not yet received the recognition it deserves. Which is odd because, three quarters of a century after his death, many of his poems are still household names, and their phrases litter our speech.

“It was this state of affairs that I attempt to remedy in my new book.”

> Life in a 19th Century US Cavalry base is captured within the pages of historical novelist Duncan Craig’s latest tome, 5CAV.

The term 5Cav is an abbreviation for the 5th Cavalry Regiment and the tale offers an exploration of the motivations behind two army officers – the humanitarian Lnt. Coster and the careerist Mjr. Jenness – and their clashing opinions on how the Fort Glenn base should be managed.

Described as ‘an intelligent, literate western set in the closing days of the frontier’ this book charts five days, during which the ordered routine of winter quarters is gradually disfigured by violence and tragedy.