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    SWANSON: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A VICTORIAN DETECTIVE
    by Adam Wood

    Pleased to report that my biography of Chief Inspector Donald Swanson is finally nearing completing, and is available to pre-order now.

    Donald Sutherland Swanson was born in the remote far north of Scotland, leaving for London in 1867 at the age of 19 and initially working as a City clerk.

    The following year he joined the Metropolitan Police and began patrolling the streets of the capital as a uniformed constable. 35 years later he retired as Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department, the top detective in the country.

    Set against the backdrop of the developing Metropolitan Police, this book tells the story of a life and career which included railway murderers, grave robbers, fraudulent mediums, Jack the Ripper, the Philosopher’s Stone, Fenian dynamite campaigns, shocking revelations about the aristocracy and a crazed captain with sea serpents in a bottle.

    Linking it all together is Donald Swanson, whose application letter to the Metropolitan Police spoke of a desire for “a good opening”. After reading his story, the reader will be left in little doubt that he made the most of the opportunities which came his way.

    * 650-page hardback
    * Foreword by Paul Begg
    * Preface by Nevill Swanson
    * More than 100 illustrations
    * Over 1,800 Notes and references

    Pre-order before 31st December 2019 to receive a limited edition individually-numbered copy signed by Adam Wood, Paul Begg and Nevill Swanson.

    http://mangobooks.co.uk/book.php?b=7

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    Originally posted by AdamNeilWood View Post
    SWANSON: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A VICTORIAN DETECTIVE
    by Adam Wood

    Pleased to report that my biography of Chief Inspector Donald Swanson is finally nearing completing, and is available to pre-order now.

    Donald Sutherland Swanson was born in the remote far north of Scotland, leaving for London in 1867 at the age of 19 and initially working as a City clerk.

    The following year he joined the Metropolitan Police and began patrolling the streets of the capital as a uniformed constable. 35 years later he retired as Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department, the top detective in the country.

    Set against the backdrop of the developing Metropolitan Police, this book tells the story of a life and career which included railway murderers, grave robbers, fraudulent mediums, Jack the Ripper, the Philosopher’s Stone, Fenian dynamite campaigns, shocking revelations about the aristocracy and a crazed captain with sea serpents in a bottle.

    Linking it all together is Donald Swanson, whose application letter to the Metropolitan Police spoke of a desire for “a good opening”. After reading his story, the reader will be left in little doubt that he made the most of the opportunities which came his way.

    * 650-page hardback
    * Foreword by Paul Begg
    * Preface by Nevill Swanson
    * More than 100 illustrations
    * Over 1,800 Notes and references

    Pre-order before 31st December 2019 to receive a limited edition individually-numbered copy signed by Adam Wood, Paul Begg and Nevill Swanson.

    http://mangobooks.co.uk/book.php?b=7
    Really looking forward to it Adam.

    At 650 pages, it obviously entailed a huge amount of research.

    Congratulations on getting it out there.

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    • #3
      awesome! congrats Adam!!

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      • #4
        Sounds excellent.

        Am looking forward to reading it!

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        • #5
          It's been a long time coming, Adam. I've heard of a labour of love, but this book had to be induced.

          I'm sure it will be worth it.

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