A grisly insight into the Victorians' strange world - from the man who died falling into an open grave to the 180,000 mummified cats imported from Egypt as fertiliser.
From the archives of the British Library, journalist Jeremy Clay has dragged into the light long-lost stories that enthralled and appalled Victorian Britain.
Divided into sections - from Love and Marriage through Court, Crime and Punishment, Animals, Accidents and Misfortune, Inventions, Sport, Food and Drink , The Supernatural, and finally Wagers and Feats - and with each article reproduced in full, The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton is also packed with sketches from the sensational Illustrated Police News.
Deliciously appalling and dreadfully funny, The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton will have you, one way or the other, in tears.
Jeremy Clay is Features Editor at the Leicester Mercury. He is the author of two books, most recently Blokes with Balls (New Holland, 2005).
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