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A Different Class of Murder
A Different Class of Murder: The Story of Lord Lucan by Laura Thompson

'Sensational. The most minutely researched and brilliantly told account ever' MAIL ON SUNDAY.

Laura Thompson re-examines the truths behind one of post-war Britain's most notorious murders: the bludgeoning to death of nanny Sandra Rivett in a Belgravia basement on 7 November 1974. Lord Lucan, found guilty of the murder, was only granted a death certificate in 2016. His wife Veronica – last surviving participant in this dark episode – died in September 2017. In this revised edition, Laura Thompson sheds new light on the volatile mental state of Veronica Lucan, and on the theories surrounding the murder, to which she adds a new, extraordinary and shocking possibility.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * True Crime
08 Feb 2018 * 480pp * £5.99 * 9781788545143
'Sensational. The most minutely researched and brilliantly told account ever'
Mail on Sunday
'A compelling new examination of the crime ... A superb anatomy of a murder'
'Gripping. An exceptionally thorough investigation into the lives of Lord and Lady Lucan'
Daily Mail
'Tantalises with fresh evidence'
Daily Telegraph
'Thompson approaches the mystery with forensic skill, [reaching] a suitably enigmatic conclusion'
Daily Mail
Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson is the author of several critically acclaimed works of non-fiction. Her first book The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing won the Somerset Maugham Award. Rex V. Edith Thompson: A Tale of Two Murders was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award. She has written biographies of Nancy Mitford and Agatha Christie, A Different Class of Murder about the Lord Lucan scandal, The Last Landlady about her grandmother, and the New York Times-bestselling Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters.
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