It's December, 2017 and we are reading......
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This is the true crime story of Robert Coombes, who at the age of 13 in 1895 killed his mother in England while his father who was a sailor at sea. Robert and his brother Nattie (12) then went about their lives and eventually Robert convinces John Fox, a friend of the family to come and live with them. Fox does not suspect anything while in the house. When the boy’s Aunt finds out they are alone, she comes to the house and finds the mother dead. The two boys and Fox are arrested for the murder. As the trial proceeds, Fox and Nattie are found not guilty of the crime and Robert goes to an asylum instead of jail for the crime, eventually being released to live an eventful and exemplary life. So why did he kill his mother? I had a hard time putting this down. Summerscale does a great job discussing the time period, facts of the crime, the lives of the boys and the aftermath of the trial.
I'm still listening to The Day of Battle. It is great, but so grim. The allies are really struggling in Italy and it's depressing stuff, for me at least, to read about how so many mistakes lead to so many unnecessary deaths.
Listening to it, so will almost certainly not finish in December. I've changed job and my commuting (and hence time to listen to audiobooks) has dramatically reduced. That's actually a god thing.