Two strikingly different people eke out lives on the margins of a society shattered by World War II, in this true-crime account by the Whitbread Award–winning author of Selkirk's Island and the Lambda Literary Award winners The Trials of Radclyffe Hall and Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter. Dagmar Petrzywalksi is a gentle, eccentric spinster who has saved her pennies and lives alone in a hut. Harold Hagger is a small-time crook, a man of shabby impulses and bad lies. Diana Souhami takes their chance meeting on a lonely autumn morning as the starting point for a haunting and tragic tale.
"A brilliantly formulated and well-written account of a tawdry murder that shines a bright light on postwar austerity England."—London Review of Books