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

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

Title: A Different Class of Murder

Author:  Laura Thompson

ISBN:  9781781855362

Weight:  990 g

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A Different Class of Murder by Laura Thompson

On 7 November 1974, a nanny named Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in a posh Belgravia basement.  A second woman, Veronica, Countess of Lucan, was also attacked.  The man named in court as perpetrator of these crimes, Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared next morning.  The case, solved in the eyes of the law, has retained its fascination ever since.  Forty years on, it is time for the definitive account.

Laura Thompson, acclaimed biographer of Agatha Christie, narrates in enthralling fashion the extraordinary events leading up to that fateful night, and draws on her considerable forensic skills to examine the possible truths behind one of postwar Britain’s most notorious murders.

A Different Class of Murder is as gripping and convincing as it is multi-layered: it is a portrait of an era, of a vanished breed, of a bizarre cast of characters, of a murder, of a mystery.  Part detective story, part social history; above all it tells in masterly style one of the great tales of our collective living memory.

Peer & Press Reviews

Thompson delivers the goods: a compelling narrative, hypotheses based on evidence and a possible solution.  But she goes further, putting the murder in the telling context of British aristocracy and social attitudes towards it.


A compelling new examination of the crime and a brilliant detective mind…  Thompson gives us a tantalising range of alternative scenarios in this superb anatomy of a murder.


[Laura Thompson] gets her teeth into the case, drawing on Lucan’s friends the Shand-Kydds, finding a new source in an anonymous Lucan schoolfriend, and finally producing a narrative which is sympathetic to Lucan, but less so to his wife.

Times Literary Supplement

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title A Different Class of Murder
Sub title The Story of Lord Lucan
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 356 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of photographs (colour & monochrome).

The front matter has an additional 18 pages:

Contents [1]
Introduction [17]

The back matter has a further 46 pages:

Appendix 1: Aristocratic Murders [3]
Appendix 2: Domestic Murders [3]
Appendix 3: The Lucan Family [1]
Notes [23]
Acknowledgements [2]
Selected Bibliography [2]
Index [10]
Picture Credits [2]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Head of Zeus
Publication date
Printed by GGP Media GmbH, Poessneck, Germany
ISBN 13 9781781855362
ISBN 10 1781855366
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 356 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 38mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Richard Blower
Designed by Lindsay Nash
Jacket photographs Front: 7th Earl of Lucan (Lord Richard John Bingham) with his fiancé Veronica Duncan on the announcement of their engagement © UPPA / Photoshot (Photo PKS 087992 14)
Back: Shutterstock

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