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Earth to Earth: True Story of the Lives and Violent Deaths of a Devon Farming Family (True Crime) [Paperback]

John Cornwell
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27 July 1989 True Crime
In September 1975 the three remaining members of this Luxton family, a family who had lived on Dartmoor for six hundred years, were found shot in their remote farmhouse. Nobody else was involved in this gruesome lateral- thinking puzzle. Writer John Cornwell conducted his own inquiry.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140111352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140111354
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,176,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 12 April 2001
Format:Hardcover
One of the best non fiction books I've ever read. Cornwell investigates the famous Winkleigh murders that took place in Devon some while back and in the course of his investigations evocates a place and the people who live there with incredible skill and accuracy. He captures the landscape and villages of mid Devon, that even ten years ago when I lived and worked there still seemed 'from another age'. If you enjoy thrillers and detective novels read this - you'll get all that and something more, a mix of social documentary and travelogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior stuff 7 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
Rather late in reading this book (no excuses!) but, as a retired news reporter whose "beat" included Winkleigh, I can empathise with all those who found the village, well, different. Even now, despite a population explosion from two or three large housing estates, the village centre still exudes a somewhat mysterious air. I returned to North Devon in 1976 so I missed the drama of the kilings, but in subsequent years always looked to my right whenever I drove from Winklegh to Hatherleigh for my next assigment. A tragic tale, indeed, of a family who had no idea how to cope with what they perceived as their rustic imprisonment and how, at the end, they were terrified of losing it.
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