“The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story,” by Cara Robertson, (Simon Schuster, 2019), 400 pages
Twelve people just like you.
At trial, each of them will hear the same words. They’ll see the same evidence and watch the same witnesses, but they’ll each embrace different things. How will they judge — guilt or innocence? Or, as in “The Trial of Lizzie Borden,” by Cara Robertson, will the end of the story come as a surprise?
Were she a child today, Lizzie would be considered spoiled.
Her father, Andrew, was a parsimonious, dour man of means who was quite surprisingly generous to his two motherless daughters. But he favored Lizzie, who once admitted that she always got what she wanted.
That was not the case, however, with Andrew’s second wife, Abby, a plump former spinster who was forced to make do with a small allowance to run the family’s sizable household.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade brings together hundreds of thousands of marchers in one of the largest American celebrations of Irish heritage. The first parade took place in New York City in 1762. With an increase of Irish immigrants coming into the United States, St. Patrick’s Day quickly became a widespread holiday. Approximately 150,000 people participate in the New York City parade each year, and around 2 million people come out to watch. (Yahoo News)
“The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story” by Cara Robertson – c. 2019, Simon Schuster$28/$37 Canada – 400 pages
Twelve people just like you.
At trial, each of them will hear the same words. They’ll see the same evidence and watch the same witnesses, but they’ll each embrace different things. How will they judge – guilt or innocence or, as in “The Trial of Lizzie Borden” by Cara Robertson, will the end of the story come as a surprise?
Were she a child of today, Lizzie Borden would be considered spoiled.
Her father, Andrew, was a parsimonious, dour man of means who was quite surprisingly generous to his two motherless daughters but he favored Lizzie, who once admitted that she always got what she wanted.
That was not the case, however, with Andrew’s second wife, Abby, a plump former spinster who was forced to make do with a small allowance
It’s been almost 12 years since Madeleine McCann, then just 3 years old, vanished from her British family’s vacation villa in the Algarve region of Portugal.
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As part of this year’s Bookworm Literal Festival, Paul French, British author of several critically acclaimed books about China, including the New York Times-bestselling novel Midnight in Peking and City of Devils, returns to Beijing to lead a special one-off book talk as well as a writing workshop.
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All week, in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, our writers and correspondents are bringing you the best of Irish talent in the arts and other fields. Here, Books Editor Martin Doyle looks at 10 great talents in Irish writing and publishing.
Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen
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