Launching the book

Friday, 24 November 2017

I'm so thrilled to be part of the Unbound process, and today - launch day - marks a completely new process in my writing career. Crowd funding is like a big group of friends all over the world getting together. All with the same idea, the same enthusiasm: to hold a book in their hands that they've almost willed into being. Very exciting.

WHO KILLED MARY ASHFORD has been on my mind for some time, and 2017 marks the 200 year anniversary of the crime. But what kind of a crime? Mary was certainly assaulted, but in what circumstances exactly? And by whom?

I love research of this kind. It gives a precious snapshot into a small rural village that became nationally known. Who were the people who lived there, and what were their motives, their feelings and suspicions? The more I researched, the more I came to know them. The farm worker who was already up and about at 3.30 in the morning; the workers who had no social security, no income other than that they could raise by back-breaking work. How did they feel about the people above them - the magistrate, the priest? And what was England like in 1817, after the Napoloeonic Wars? Was it a country in triumph or despair?

Liz Cooke

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