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The Night was a Bright Moonlight and I Could See a Man Quite Plain

An Edwardian Cricket Murder

About The Book

Gideon Haigh has written numerous acclaimed books on both cricket and true-crime – now he’s unearthed a gripping story that combines the two, in a masterpiece of historical detective work that ties back to the origin of the Ashes …

On the night of 23 September 1910, on a station 500km west of Brisbane, farm hand John Neil was beaten to death with a cricket bat. The prime suspect, George Vernon, was the fresh-faced twenty-four-year-old son of one of England’s most famous amateur cricketers, and part of an Australian rural dynasty. The murder trial became one of Queensland’s most sensational, for Vernon did indeed harbour a secret – but not a secret anyone suspected. And the crime was to have a shocking sequel.

The Night was a Bright Moonlight and I Could See a Man Quite Plain concerns a brutal murder, but also the dark parts of empire, the blind side of justice and the sensational end of media – all linked back to the origin story of cricket’s Ashes. Sparely written and copiously illustrated, it will keep you guessing to the end.

About The Author

Courtesy of Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for almost four decades, published more than 40 books and contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines. His books include The Cricket Wars, The Summer Game and On Warne (which won numerous prizes) on cricket, and works on BHP, James Hardie and how abortion became legal in Australia. His book The Office: A Hardworking History won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He has appeared widely on radio and TV. He lives in Melbourne.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (July 6, 2022)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761108273

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