The Poison Principle

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TITLE : The Poison Principle

AUTHOR : Gail Bell

EDITION : Paperback 2001 (Pages 276) .

CONDITION : Good condition – some yellowing of the pages and little dirt on page edges.

NOTES : I met Gail at a Seminar, and grabbed her book with both hands when it was released. This book was an invaluable insight into Poison in all its forms and through the ages. I leaned heavily on this for ‘Gene of Isis’, the chapter on Legal Greens was particularly helpful. This can also be found in the wild, and brought new. An absolutely fascinating read.

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Author: Gail Bell
SKU: Poison-1 Categories: , Tag: Product ID: 3659


Winner of the 2002 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

When Dr William Macbeth poisoned two of his sons in 1927, his wife and sister hid the murders in the intensely private realm of family secrets. Macbeth behaved as if he were immune to consequences and avoided detection and punishment. Or did he?

Secrets can be as corrosive as poison, and as time passed, the story haunted and divided his descendants. His granddaughter, Gail Bell, spent ten years reading the literature on poisoning in order to understand Macbeth’s life. Herself a chemist, she listened for echoes in the great cases of the nineteenth century, in myths, fiction, and poison lore.

Intricate, elegant, and beautifully realised, The Poison Principle is a masterful book about family secrets and literary poisonings. And it finally answers the question of what really happened to those two small boys in the winter of 1927.

Additional information

Weight .233 kg
Dimensions 20 × 12.5 × 2.5 cm