Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 August 2017

256 Pages | 11 illus.

8.5 x 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9780198799658

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The Littlehampton Libels

A Miscarriage of Justice and a Mystery about Words in 1920s England

Christopher Hilliard

  • Recounts the story of a poison-pen mystery that led to a miscarriage of justice in a seaside town in the years following the First World War
  • Offers a convincing account of a painstaking and ingenious police investigation into a libel case
  • Recovers the words and word-play of working-class people in the early twentieth century
  • Examines the psychological dynamics of a working-class community
  • Provides the most substantial interpretative account of criminal libel in the twentieth century