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The Husband Poisoner


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Tanya Bretherton has a PhD in sociology with special interests in narrative life history and social history. She has published in the academic and public sphere for twenty years, and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney for fifteen years. Dr Bretherton's specialty is converting detailed research into thought-provoking works which are accessible to a general readership. Currently she works as a freelance researcher and writer. Her first book, The Suitcase Baby, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award, the Danger Prize and the Waverley Library 'Nib' Award. Her second book The Suicide Bride, was shortlisted for the Danger Prize and in 2020 she won the Danger Prize for The Killing Streets.


[...] a lively, sometimes novelistic study.--Steven Carroll, VIC + NSW [PRINT], The Saturday Age, Sydney Morning Herald [AUDIENCE: 386,260, ASR: AUD 22,969]
[...] The Husband Poisoner manages to be an entertaining read because the crimes themselves are so utterly compelling.--Gideon Haigh, NATIONAL [PRINT], Weekend Australian, [AUDIENCE: 219,242, ASR: AUD 52,798]
Bretherton is an excellent story teller. Indeed, this book reads like good crime fiction with dialogue deployed to push the stories forward. From Yvonne Fletcher's disposal of two husbands to Caroline Grills and her four victims, the women are vivid. You can see their desperation, their motivation, their living conditions, their terrible taste in fashion and their wickedness.--[ONLINE] The Conversation
For lovers of true crime, this is a fascinating read.--NATIONAL [PRINT], The Weekly Times, [AUDIENCE: 50,808 ASR: AUD 1,823]
She brilliantly builds a complete picture of society at the time using her thorough social research. This book is Bretherton at her best.--@MERCSBOOKNOOK, NSW [PRINT], The Daily Telegraph, [AUDIENCE: 221,641, ASR: AUD 3,968]
The shocking true stories of women who used rat poison to rid themselves of their husbands and unwanted family members in Sydney in the 1940s.--NATIONAL [PRINT], Who Weekly, [AUDIENCE: 82,789, ASR: AUD 13,699]
The Husband Poisoner is a social history of Sydney from 1947 to the mid-1960s. It will give the reader a detailed understanding of the state of Sydney society at the end of the Second World War.--Michael McKernan, NSW, ACT [PRINT], Canberra Times, Toowoomba Chronicle (News Corp syndicate) [AUDIENCE: 39,748, ASR: AUD 19,201]
True crime and family drama collide in these shocking real-life stories--NATIONAL [PRINT], Law Society Journal, [AUDIENCE: 26,736, ASR: AUD 363]

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