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Ripper Hunter: Abberline and the Whitechapel Murders [Kindle Edition]

M J Trow
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Book Description

From around 1880 for almost 100 years ship owners commissioned a wealth of paintings that depicted, as well as their magnificent liners, the routes they traveled, their exotic destinations, and life on board. These paintings, rich in imagination and atmosphere, appeared on posters and postcards to advertise the companies and their ships; and so was born a whole genre that produced tens of thousands of images that form a wonderful record of the great era of the passenger liner.

Here, bought vividly to life in more than 500 colorful postcards, are the ships in which so many of our predecessors sailed, as emigrants, soldiers or administrators in distant lands, or simply as tourists. These cards - now highly collectible - show how the ships developed over the years, and are also a fine tribute to the artists who painted them. A glossary of some 170 illustrators forms an important reference section in the book; the author also gives useful advice on collecting.

This new paperback edition will be sought after by postcard collectors as well as liner enthusiasts, and by all those with an interest in the vanished world of elegant travel on the finest ships of their day.

‘An evocative story of the vanished world of elegant ships and leisurely travel ... sumptuous.’ Western Morning News
‘This is a really fabulous book.’ Ocean Liner Society


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About the Author

M.J. Trow has written highly praised historical biographies as well as studies of true crime. He is also a very successful novelist. He has written lives of Boudicca, Vlad the Impaler, Kit Marlowe and the hero of the Charge of the Light Brigade, Captain William Morris. Among his most recent books are War Crimes: Underworld Britain in the Second World War, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in the Isle of Wight, the best-selling Jack the Ripper: Quest for a Killer and The Thames Torso Murders. He has also produced best-selling accounts of criminal cases, in particular volumes on Derek Bentley, the Wigwam Murder and Jack the Ripper. But he is perhaps best known for his many novels which include the Lestrade and Maxwell series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16566 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wharncliffe (19 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5V6OS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M J Trow (the 'M' as most people know by now stands for Meirion, a Welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'my') has been writing for many years, with his first book - The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade - being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and two other crime series (Maxwell and Marlowe, the latter written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that's just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is a sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects (with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience.

To relax he ... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he doesn't really ever relax. He has been known to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships - in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in Cape Town this February, setting off on a long voyage home to Southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a Force 9 just leaving the Bay.

Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol (aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, known as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the Tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands from the alt-bluegrass of the fabulous Coal Porters, through the classic acid folk of Lords of Thyme to the ethereal melodies of Fawn. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it's just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a Welshman!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective 10 Aug. 2013
By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Books about Jack the Ripper are as common as whore's in a brothel. However, this one is lifted out of the humdrum and looks at things from a different perspective. This is a biography of Detective Inspector Frederick Abberline who was in charge of the ripper investigation. The book does not only focus on the Ripper investigation but gives a full accounting of Abberline's life and work. Not only is this a biography but also an interesting snapshot of life in London in the 1800's. The book is full of interesting facts and this kept me reading. Despite Abberline having tried to keep his life private the author has done a good job of unearthing facts about him. He then draws these together into one very interesting read. The author has a nice writing style which lifts this book from being stuffy and means it is easy to read. If you would like to see the Ripper murders from a different perspective then I am sure you would enjoy this book. Just rmember these murders are not the whole focus of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An elusive character 8 Jan. 2013
By Junius
Format:Paperback
Frederick Abberline is well known as a principal in the Ripper murders, but not much is known about the man and detective himself; he's better known in films. This book is an attempt at a biography, and Abberline appears as a decent and hard working copper. We learn about some of his other cases, notably the Cleveland Street scandal and the dynamiters' case. The author analyses the films in which Abberline's character appears and makes some excellent points therein.

Unfortunately there just isn't enough known about Abberline to flesh him out and the author constantly writes 'Nothing is known about...' However, he could have checked his will and checked whether the local press printed an obituary.

There's much recourse to padding and there's quite a few factual errors. The 1841 census wasn't the third in the UK (the fifth, excluding local censuses); the 1757 Militia Act didn't replace that of the ECW, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes was in 1685 not 1689, John DuRose is meant when George DuRose is mentioned and he wasn't of the same generation as Littlechild, et al. The forces of law and order pre Peel weren't all the blunderers of myth (see Emsley's The English Policeman).

It is sensibly written, though, but a few notes about methodology would not have come amiss. Abberline remains an obscure figure, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Viewpoint 10 Aug. 2013
By Wendy Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Books about Jack the Ripper are as common as whore's in a brothel. However, this one is lifted out of the humdrum and looks at things from a different perspective. This is a biography of Detective Inspector Frederick Abberline who was in charge of the ripper investigation. The book does not only focus on the Ripper investigation but gives a full accounting of Abberline's life and work. Not only is this a biography but also an interesting snapshot of life in London in the 1800's. The book is full of interesting facts and this kept me reading. Despite Abberline having tried to keep his life private the author has done a good job of unearthing facts about him. He then draws these together into one very interesting read. The author has a nice writing style which lifts this book from being stuffy and means it is easy to read. If you would like to see the Ripper murders from a different perspective then I am sure you would enjoy this book. Just rmember these murders are not the whole focus of the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong description 7 Dec. 2013
By alan a pleasance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The description of the book has absolutely nothing to do with "Ripper Hunter: Abberline and the Whitechapel Murders it is describing some book about sailing ships.
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