Searching the archives of the university, the Public Record Office, the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, this work collects more than 100 accounts that paint a picture of Oxford's seedier side. Using court records and newspaper accounts, it brings together crime stories dating from 1750 to 1920, including: infamous murders, hangings, and more.
Dr Giles Brindley is a member of the academic staff at Oxford, managing computer systems and other research aids for the university's paediatrics department. He has been trawling the record offices and archives of the city for two years to uncover the seedier side of Oxford's history. He lives in the city.