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Nigel Cawthorne

Author of Witch Hunt: History of a Persecution

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About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne has been a writer and editor for twenty-five years and has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books on a wide range of subjects. He has also contributed to the Guardian, Daily Mail, Mirror and the New York Tribune, amongst others


Works by Nigel Cawthorne

Killers (2006) 112 copies
Sex Lives of the Popes (1996) 100 copies
Kings and Queens of England (2009) 73 copies
Vietnam: A War Lost and Won (2003) 67 copies
Turning the Tide (2002) 63 copies
The Art of Japanese Prints (1997) 58 copies
The Art of the Icon (2000) 55 copies
Shipwrecks (2005) 48 copies
A Brief Guide to James Bond (2012) 41 copies
The Art of India (1997) 38 copies
The Mammoth Book of Killers at Large (2007) — Editor — 37 copies
Sixties Source Book (1991) 33 copies
The Mammoth Book of New CSI (2012) 29 copies
Alan Turing: The Enigma Man (2014) 29 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Mafia (2009) — Editor — 28 copies
House of Horrors (2008) 25 copies
100 Catastrophic Disasters (2003) 25 copies
Doomsday (2004) 24 copies
The Battle of Britain (2010) 23 copies
The World's Greatest Cults (1999) 23 copies
Victory in World War II (2005) 23 copies
Flight MH370: The Mystery (2014) 20 copies
Spree Killers (1994) 19 copies
Alexander the Great (2004) 19 copies
Sordid Sex Lives (2010) 18 copies
Battles of WW1 (2008) 16 copies
D-Day: Dawn of Heroes (2002) 15 copies
The Bamboo Cage (1991) 13 copies
The History of the Mafia (2010) 10 copies
Blitzkrieg (2012) 9 copies
Heroes on the Front Line (2011) 8 copies
Prince Andrew (2020) 6 copies
The Million Dollar Trivia (2002) 5 copies
Satanic Murder (1996) 4 copies
Army of Steel (2017) 4 copies
Lancaster (2009) 4 copies
A Vida Sexual dos Papas (2000) 3 copies
Football Hooligans (2012) 3 copies
Robin Hood 2 copies
Waffen-ss (2022) 2 copies
Vietnam (2022) 2 copies
The Sex Lives of Popes (2014) 1 copy
Ukiyo-e (1998) 1 copy
Storia delle SS (2019) 1 copy
Perdedores 1 copy
The D-DAY Landings (2021) 1 copy
9 Selection 1 copy
2 The Sbs 1 copy
1 The Sas 1 copy
22 Handguns 1 copy
33 Somalia 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of War (0500) — Introduction, some editions — 22,686 copies
London Traditions (1999) — Contributor — 18 copies


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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the early copy of the book. First and foremost, I am a fanatic of true crime, assassinations, etc. I've been reading about the JFK assassination for years and have come to my own conclusions. So when a book such as this comes out, of course, I am going to jump all over it. The title says it all in nutshell. Many times one hears that assassinations don't accomplish what the killer(s) set out to do, that is, if they even have an agenda or reason for killing. The murders put forth in this book truly did change the world and the author provides details on just how those changes came about because these people were killed. What i loved about the book is that it shed light on murders I wasn't that familiar with, coupled with the effects of those murders. A truly insightful and fascinating read.… (more)
BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |

You can always tell when an author loves the topic of their book so deeply, and has true knowledge of the real world places they are writing about. This book breathes tradition, and alumni. I loved that with each chapter, it had me questioning if I could really go and see this, if this was what life was like at yale. It made the magical elements of the story that much more engulfing.

The story isn't written with a linear timeline, which adds so much to the suspense. I was on edge for the whole book, I needed answers so many questions, and I couldn't read fast enough to get them! The ending was perfection, left just the right questions opened, but gave a solid closure.

The magic has boundaries / rules, it's so believable. This could be present day, a haunting true story. No wand waving or unimaginable spells. Very well researched, and written. I can't wait for the next book!
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buukluvr | Feb 14, 2023 |
Interesting, but not precisely what it says on the tin. The title and summary on the back would give the impression that the book is a collection of crazy laws enacted throughout the ages that are still in effect. There are a few of these sprinkled throughout, but most of the entries are really more a historic overview of London laws through history; laws that seem insane to us now, but made sense to citizens at the time (for good or bad).

As I said, it's still a very engaging and interesting read; I learned heaps about London (did not know, for example that there's a city of London and a City of London (the latter being the 1 square mile section within the old Roman walls). But I admit when I saw "Ludicrous" in the title, I was expecting something far sillier, the UK version of silly laws I've heard about in America like:

In Gainsville Georgia, you are not allowed to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands.

In Arizona, having more than two vibrators in your home is illegal. If you own more than two in your house, you can be subject to criminal possession.

In Iowa, it is illegal for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman in public.

In Florida it is illegal for a divorced or a widowed woman to skydive on a Sunday afternoon. Also, if an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

The closest this book comes to this version of ludicrous is a law that states you cannot have a pack of playing cards within one mile of any building storing explosives or ammunition. Which, I admit, is a stumper.

All in all, a good read; very informative, well-written and entertaining. Just not silly.
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murderbydeath | Jan 24, 2022 |


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