The shortest comment in the Twelve Reviews of Christmas appeared, appropriately enough, on Twitter not long after The Most Remarkable Woman in England appeared.
It was written by Harvard psychology professor, Steven Pinker, who tweeted:
'A fascinating real-life murder story: John Carter Wood's The Most Remarkable Woman in England.'
I had had the great pleasure of being able to tell Steve (quite extensively) about the case and my research into it in person when we met at a violence history conference in Switzerland the year before that.
We had come to know each other starting in about 2007 via an extensive email correspondence while he was working on his bestselling book The Better Angels of Our Nature, a signed copy of which arrived here shortly after the conference.
I was therefore very pleased to be able to give him a copy of The Most Remarkable Woman in England in return.
It's not every day, after all, that your book gets recommended by one of the world's leading thinkers.