"...She had made a grave mistake, believing that she had more power and freedom than she actually had. This is true of many women – indeed it is still true today, however much we might wish otherwise – and it begins to explain why Edith Graydon, later Thompson, became a kind of Everywoman figure: not just in her own era of the 1920s, but ever since, whenever her story is told.

She was so ordinary and so extraordinary. Her fate was so predictable and so random. She got under people’s skins, as some women can do, with their flagrant, poignant admixture of display and mystery. Everybody had an opinion about her – everybody she knew and encountered; everybody who read about her – nobody was indifferent to her.

She was hanged for murder, but she was the kind of woman that other people want to kill..."


‘Extraordinarily gripping: titillating, moving, shocking’. TLS

‘In this compelling book you enter Edith’s world, root for her, and come out filled with rage and dismay at a society that showed her no mercy’. Evening Standard.

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