The Second-Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel

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April 2010, no 320

The Second-Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel

Pier 9, $32.95 pb, 339 pp

The Second-Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel

by
April 2010, no 320

There are a number of strands at play in this curiously titled novel set in postwar London in the Coronation year, 1953. The well-to-do Mrs Harriet Wallis, convicted of the murder of her husband, Cecil, becomes the second-last woman in England to be hanged. The last woman to be executed for murder in England was Ruth Ellis, about whom Mike Newell made the film Dance with a Stranger (1985), with Miranda Richardson as Ellis.

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'The Second-Last Woman in England' by Maggie Joel

The Second-Last Woman in England

by Maggie Joel

Pier 9, $32.95 pb, 339 pp

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