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The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns and his Pitiless Killing by the Photographer Eadweard Muybridge

Rebecca Gowers

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Biography: historical, political & military, True crime, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

The astonishing true story of a nineteenth-century scoundrel and his murder at the hands of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a founding father of cinema


Diamond thief, guerrilla fighter, spy, decorated hero, bohemian rogue and lover of several notorious women - all describe Major Harry Larkyns. Yet he has long been dismissed as merely a liar and a cheat, famous only for being shot dead in 1874 by the unnerving photographer Eadweard Muybridge. But has history properly understood either the killer or his victim? Part biography, part crime investigation, THE SCOUNDREL HARRY LARKYNS uncovers some extraordinary truths, and is historical detective work at its finest.

'One of the best books of the year' Irish Times
'Strange, brilliant, quirky and illuminating' Country Life
'A story that is as eventful as it is tragic' Guardian
'A masterpiece of historical detective work' Keith Lowe

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Praise for The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns and his Pitiless Killing by the Photographer Eadweard Muybridge

  • Gripping, cinematic, tragic and tender, The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns is a belated contender for one of the best books of the year. - IRISH TIMES

  • There's much to enjoy in this painstakingly researched account of a forgotten and troubled ne'er-do-well; it's a story that is as eventful as it is tragic. - GUARDIAN

  • This is a cold case investigation into a true crime of passion with a family history twist that more than 140 years later finally puts the unlucky Larkyns' side of the story. - FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE

  • Strange, brilliant, quirky and illuminating, books such as this remind us, if we need reminding, that books matter. Nothing else can take you away, take you back, take you to places you've never known, to meet people you would never meet. - COUNTRYLIFE

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