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My Name is Martha Brown: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Mar 2001

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754006298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754006299
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,953,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Thorne was born in South Africa and, after a spell in New Zealand with her mother who was born in Wellington, came to England as a child where her parents finally separated. She spent her youth in the North of England, where she was educated first at a convent school and then a co-educational school. After completing her education at the London School of Economics she then spent most of her adult life in London. She has made a long career as a writer and is the author of over fifty novels. For a number of years Nicola has been among the top most borrowed authors from public libraries in the UK (PLR statistics) and many of her books have been published in foreign languages apart from English. After fifteen years spent in Dorset, she now lives in Devon.

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Based on a true story, a captivating tale of passionate love and violent death in 1850's Dorset.

In 1856, Martha Brown was publicly hanged for the brutal murder of her husband. Among those who witnessed her death was a sixteen-year -old local lad, and the memory of her execution haunted him for the rest of his life. Writing to a friend many years later, he said: 'I remember what a fine figure she showed against the sky as she hung in the misty rain, and how the tight black silk gown set off her shape as she wheeled half-round and back.'
The writer was Thomas Hardy.

Martha Brown was an ordinary woman of humble parentage, probably illiterate. Very little is known about her. Despite a small team of dedicated researchers delving into old records and original sources to try and piece together her life story, she remains tantalising and elusive, seemingly exercising a strange and powerful spell, even from the grave.

Martha was described as 'a wonderful-looking woman with beautiful curls'. It is easy to see why she would have married a handsome, younger, virile man who could perhaps release her from a life of tedium and drudgery. Why did John Brown marry Martha? Some people have suggested it was for money. Did the age difference that eventually led him into the arms of a much younger and prettier girl lead to jealousy, a precipitating factor in the tragedy – if Martha did indeed kill John?

Nicola Thorne's carefully researched novel of Martha Brown's life is illumination and compelling.

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About the Author

Nicola Thorne was born in South Africa and educated at the LSE. A prolific writer of historical and contemporary fiction, she is one of the top PLR earners in the country.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By catherine.munro@psion.net on 7 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a work of "faction" based on a woman who was hanged for killing her much younger husband. Although much of the book is supposition, it has worked well and the characters come to life. I could not put this book down. I would suggest that the author work on some of the other characters that she introduced - especially the sister Ann and the stepdaughter Eliza. They beg to be have a novel written about them. Excellent stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle cooper on 28 Dec. 2013
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This book is written after a lot of research has been bought together from different sources regarding Martha Brown's life.It is a lovely story of Martha's life,who seemed to be a very likeable person,who had been dealt a lot of bad luck throughout her life.Some of the book is based on fact,with a bit of fiction as well,this makes for a very interesting story.

Nicola Thorne writes very well,and I always enjoy her books,this one ranks as one of her best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Davies on 15 April 2014
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Bought on a whim,as my youngest is seeing the play and doing the workshop as part of Drama GCSE.
Last woman to be hanged publicly in Dorchester in 1856.
Had she told the truth,she would have lived.
Hence not a biography,albeit true facts.....finished the end on board an aircraft with tears streaming down my cheeks!!
A must read!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angel Eyes on 3 May 2014
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I could not put this book down it was very good. Martha' s trials and tribulations were heartbreaking. There was no happy ending for her as I wished there would be. After all she went through she really deserved to be happy. The book is based on fact and is very compelling.
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