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Laura Thompson

Biography

Laura Thompson

A writer and freelance journalist, Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham award for her first book, THE DOGS, and is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Nancy Mitford, LIFE IN A COLD CLIMATE. Her most recent book, THE SIX: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, was a national bestseller.

Laura Thompson

Books by Laura Thompson

by Laura Thompson - Nonfiction, True Crime

On the night of October 3, 1922, as Edith Thompson and her husband, Percy, were walking home from the theater, a man sprang out of the darkness and stabbed Percy to death. The assailant was none other than Edith’s lover, Freddy Bywaters. When the police discovered his relationship with Edith, she --- who had denied knowledge of the attack --- was arrested as his accomplice. Her passionate love letters to Bywaters, read out at the ensuing trial, sealed her fate, even though Bywaters insisted Edith had no part in planning the murder. They were both hanged. Laura Thompson charts the course of a liaison with thrice-fatal consequences, and investigates what a troubling case tells us about perceptions of women, innocence and guilt.

by Laura Thompson - Biography, History, Nonfiction

It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year --- more than 30 years after her death --- and it shows no signs of slowing. But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Biographer Laura Thompson reveals the Edwardian world in which Christie grew up, explores her relationships, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the many mysteries still surrounding Christie's life, most notably her 11-day disappearance in 1926.