The Night was a Bright Moonlight and I Could See a Man Quite Plain: An Edwardian Cricket Murder
Sports biography, History, Sports and games, True crime
Synthetic audio, Automated braille
Gideon Haigh has written numerous acclaimed books on both cricket and true-crime – now he&’s unearthed a gripping story that combines the two, in a masterpiece of historical detective work that ties back to the origin of the Ashes … On… the night of 23 September 1910, on a station 500km west of Brisbane, farm hand John Neil was beaten to death with a cricket bat. The prime suspect, George Vernon, was the fresh-faced twenty-four-year-old son of one of England&’s most famous amateur cricketers, and part of an Australian rural dynasty. The murder trial became one of Queensland&’s most sensational, for Vernon did indeed harbour a secret – but not a secret anyone suspected. And the crime was to have a shocking sequel. The Night was a Bright Moonlight and I Could See a Man Quite Plain concerns a brutal murder, but also the dark parts of empire, the blind side of justice and the sensational end of media – all linked back to the origin story of cricket&’s Ashes. Sparely written and copiously illustrated, it will keep you guessing to the end.