The Poison Principle

The Poison Principle
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Publisher : Xou Pty Limited
Total Pages : 272
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ISBN-10 : 1925143376
ISBN-13 : 9781925143379
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Book Synopsis The Poison Principle by : Gail Bell

Download or read book The Poison Principle written by Gail Bell and published by Xou Pty Limited. This book was released on 2017-03 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award When Dr William Macbeth poisoned two of his sons in 1927, his wife and sister hid the murders in the intensely private realm of family secrets. Macbeth behaved as if he were immune to consequences and avoided detection and punishment. Or did he? Secrets can be as corrosive as poison, and as time passed, the story haunted and divided his descendants. His granddaughter, Gail Bell, spent ten years reading the literature of poisoning in order to understand Macbeth's life. Herself a chemist, she listened for echoes in the great cases of the nineteenth century, in myths, fiction, and poison lore. Intricate, elegant, and beautifully realised, The Poison Principle is a masterful book about family secrets and literary poisonings. It is a meditation on death, deceit and language, and answers questions like: how do arsenic, cyanide and strychnine work? Why is it so hard to poison someone these days? Was it ever easy? And it finally answers the question of what really happened to those small boys in the winter of 1927.


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