The pages of this superbly written and thoroughly researched book reveal the ordeals of the Reverend H.J.Hatch, as he endeavours to seek justice and clear his name, following a conviction for child abuse. As the story unfolds via the intricacies of the court hearings, the reader is also afforded a fascinating insight into the latest reforms being adopted by the 'modern' Victorian penal system. For me, Henry's Trials has all the ingredients of a 'best seller'. I couldn't put it down. I warrant you won't be able to either!
A well researched, well written and compelling story about a respected clergyman's battle with the Victorian legal system to clear his name following a conviction based almost exclusively on the word of a young girl of questionable reliability. I am sure it will surprise many readers to discover that what we might consider to be contemporary issues were creating as much concern back in the 19th century. Henry's Trials: The Story of Henry John Hatch, First Chaplain of Wandsworth Prison
This most readable first book by Dr Maggs reveals much of the injustices of the Victorian legal system,by describing in detail the trials and tribulations of the Reverend hatch.From various asides,the author clearly indicates his belief that the Reverend was not guilty of misbehaving with the two potentially precocious young girls in his charge,but others could readily come to a very different opinion.Read the book and make your own mind up!
Henry's Trials recounts a true story but reads like a really compelling novel. I honestly could not put it down after I was a little way into it. Although it is factual, clearly a lot of work has gone in to researching it, the story unfolds through many surprising twists and turns. The book also provides an interesting background to society and the church at the time, and the state of the penal and legal systems. Absolutely to be recommended.