Macabre tales of Barnsley

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19th Century Barnsley Murders is a new title by Rotherham-based author Margaret Drinkall.

Margaret has long had an interest in local history and true crime, but it was gaining her degree in 2006, aged 60, that gave her the confidence to start writing.

Since her first book, Rotherham Workhouse, Margaret has been fortunate enough to retire and write full time, which has led to this fascinating new release.

19th century Barnsley Murders is a telling account of crimes in the Barnsley area that have remained unpublished for more than a century.

The book reveals the dark heart of the town and reflects not only on the poverty and squalor in which many people of the time lived, but also the deep-rooted prejudices and double standards of the period. The macabre tales in this book reveal a side to Barnsley that is not visible in the modern town of today.

The intriguing narrative and in-depth coverage of Barnsley’s criminal past make this essential reading for both local historians and those interested in true crime.

Kate Bamforth, marketing executive, Pen & Sword Books Ltd

Church Street, Barnsley