Biography & Memoir
Award-winning biographer Diana Souhami reflects on murder and fate through the killing of eccentric spinster Dagmar Petrzywalski at Wrotham in 1946 austerity Britain. The prudent and thrifty Dagmar was the embodiment of her age while her murderer, Harold Hagger, was the opposite, leaving in his wake a series of petty crimes, abandoned wives, and false identities. The compelling story also features England’s first celebrity policeman, Fabian of the Yard, a celebrated forensic scientist in Keith Simpson, and the famous and dedicated hangman, Albert Pierrepoint.
Souhami is author of a number of award-winning biographies including Selkirk’s Island, winner of the Whitbread biography award; The Trials of Radclyffe Hall, winner of the US Lambda Literary Award; and Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter, also a Lambda award-winner.