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A Grim Almanac of the Black Country [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Sly
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Grim Almanac of the Black Country is a day-by-day catalogue of 366 ghastly tales from around the area. Full of dreadful deeds, strange disappearances and a multitude of murders, this almanac explores the darker side of the Black Country's past. Here are stories of tragedy, torment and the truly unfortunate with diverse tales of mining disasters, freak weather, bizarre deaths and terrible accidents, including the gunpowder explosion at a factory in tipton which claimed nineteen lives in 1922. Also featured is the corpse in West Bromwich that was twice wrongly identified in 1929, the collapse of a concert hall roof in Walsall in 1921, and the two labourers buried in molten glass near Stourbridge in 1893. All these, plus tales of fires, catastrophes, suicides, thefts and executions, are here. Generously illustrated, this chronicle is an entertaining and readable record of the Black Country's grim past. Read on... if you dare!

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About the Author

NICOLA SLY has a Masters Degree in forensic and legal psychology and currently teaches criminology to adult learners. She is the author of twenty true crime books, including Herefordshire Murders, Worcestershire Murders, Bristol Murders, Dorset Murders, Hampshire Murders, Shropshire Murders, and Murder by Poison: A Casebook of Historic British Murders. She lives in Cornwall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4212 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An interest in crime and criminal behaviour led me to take a degree in Psychology, followed by a Master's Degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology. I now put my qualifications to good use by teaching adult learners who wish to gain the necessary qualifications for university entrance. (Although my 'specialist subjects' are criminology and forensic psychology, I have also taught crime and media, psychology and drug awareness courses.)

When I'm not teaching or researching and writing about murders and other gruesome occurrences I enjoy gardening and exploring the Cornish countryside with my husband and two dogs. I read voraciously and am a lifelong speedway fan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grim local history 24 Mar. 2013
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Fantastic book, . It is a book that you can just pick up at any time and find interesting local history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grim but Gripping Reading! 24 Mar. 2015
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The format is unusual, in that the author has taken 365 days, 1st January to 31st December, and given accounts of crime and court appearances around the Black Country area. Each account starts with the year it which it took place. It is a mixture of records from local magistrates courts, inquests, Assizes and Quarter Sessions. A very good read, and sometimes very shocking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 23 Sept. 2013
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Well written and hard to put down. Would like to see a second edition published as I am sure there are many more stories to be told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Grim Almanac of the Black Country ... 30 Jan. 2015
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An insight into the bad old days of the 19th century on, with details of court proceedings, and newspaper reports. If you think times are bad now, you might want to read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Nov. 2014
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Living locally brought this book to life.
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