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John Carter Wood
British historian born and raised in America now in Germany. Author of books and articles on crime history. Blogger. Guitarist.
British historian born and raised in America now in Germany. Author of books and articles on crime history. Blogger. Guitarist.
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A little musical accompaniment for The Most Remarkable Woman in England: "To Keep My Love Alive".

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A new special issue co-edited by yours truly on crime stories in the 1920s and 1930s: policing, sexual assault, murder, human trafficking and violent gangs. We got it all!

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Special journal issue: Crime Stories
I am very pleased to be able to announce that a special issue of Media History edited by myself and Paul Knepper -- "Criminality, Policing and the Press in Inter-war European and Transatlantic Perspectives" -- has now left the printers (which I can confirm ...

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On directing "the madness of crowds to unexamined targets of outrage"
While I certainly don't agree with everything in Gary Indiana's review of a new biography of William Burroughs (is it really necessary to disparage realism and coherent narrative in praising more experimental fiction? I think not), it is certainly a readabl...

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Forthcoming article on ethnicity and the British criminal justice system, 18th and 19th centuries
I have just noted that an article by myself and Prof. Peter King -- "Black People and the Criminal Justice System: Prejudice and Practice in Later Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century London" -- has now appeared in an "advance access" version at Historic...

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"Quite simply an absorbing read"
The June issue of the English Historical Review contains a very fine review of The Most Remarkable Woman in England which is all the more enjoyable because it was written by Adrian Bingham , who is not only one of the leading historians of the twentieth-cen...

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Adrian Bingham, saying some nice things about my book in the English Historical Review:

"Although this book is clearly designed to appeal beyond the academy, it will be of interest to scholars.... Firstly, it is quite simply an absorbing read. The case itself is a fascinating one, and Wood does it full justice. He writes crisply and vividly, and shows a real empathy for his protagonists, teasing out the likely motivations for their actions.... He has clearly learned well from the crime novelists, such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, who so entertained the British public in the 1920s."

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Hotel art #10
Part of an occasional series . Le Petit Hotel , Turin, Italy (July 2014).

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"The last gasp of romantic hatred of the twentieth century"
I happen to have been reading Philip Roth's 1990 novel Deception today (which is engrossing and quite interesting, though not at the top of my list of Roth-so-far), and as this passage seemed relevant to events today --25 years later--I thought I would plac...

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Hotel art #9
Part of an occasional series . John Dodgson House (a UCL residence hall), King's Cross, London (July 2014)
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