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  • #76
    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

    The BBC is showing a three-part documentary on the Lynette White case, entitled "A Killing in Tiger Bay":
    https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-progra...episode=n6bcxx
    In case anyone is interested to see this but is unable to watch it on the BBC's iPlayer service, it is also available through this YouTube account:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/gcboysetsfire/videos

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    • #77
      Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

      In case anyone is interested to see this but is unable to watch it on the BBC's iPlayer service, it is also available through this YouTube account:
      https://www.youtube.com/user/gcboysetsfire/videos
      I have it recorded already, Chris, but I haven’t got round to watching it yet. At the moment I’m fascinated by the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier in West Cork in 1996. If you’re not already familiar with that case, I recommend you look it up.

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      • #78
        Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

        And has now made it to the shortlist of six:
        https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/...shortlist.html

        [Edit: Interestingly, she is the only British author on the shortlist.]
        Nadifa didn't win the Booker prize, but Penguin have inadvertently put online the write-up they'd prepared in case she did:
        https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2...ooker-win.html

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

          Nadifa didn't win the Booker prize, but Penguin have inadvertently put online the write-up they'd prepared in case she did:
          https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2...ooker-win.html
          I love the bit that says "The judges praised Mohamed’s [tktktktktkktk]. ..."

          Apparently "tktktktktkktk" is used to signify "to come" in publishing.

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          • #80
            Here's an article in the Sun on the case, with comments by Mahmood Mattan's granddaughter, Natasha Grech:
            https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/uknews...f-real-killer/

            Otherwise the article is pretty inaccurate about the facts, including overstating the compensation the family received by a factor of two.

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            • #81
              RIP Lily Volpert. Murdered 70 years ago today by an unknown person.

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              • #82
                Kevin Brennan, the MP for Cardiff West, is also a musician. Last year he released his first solo album, "The Clown and the Cigarette Girl". The first single taken from the album is a song entitled "Tabernacle Lane", which is about the murder of Lily Volpert, the execution of Mahmood Hussein Mattan and the campaign to overturn his conviction, as this article at Nation Cymru explains:

                So we come full circle to his debut solo album – a collection of songs many taking their cues from his childhood, others that were written some years ago, some that are more recent additions to his songwriting book – and in ‘Tabernacle Lane’, the first single taken from the album a song that is deeply personal to him.
                It references the case of Mahmood Mattan who in 1952 was found guilty of the murder of Cardiff shopkeeper Lily Volpert. Mattan became the last man to be hanged (wrongfully as it proved) in Cardiff. A novel based on the same case, “The Fortune Men” by Nadifa Mohamed, was shortlisted for the Booker prize in September 2021.
                ​“I wrote the song some years ago inspired by meeting Laura Mattan, the late widow of Mahmood, during the campaign to overturn his murder conviction posthumously,” says the MP. “The campaign eventually succeeded in 1998.”

                https://nation.cymru/culture/never-m...the-ex-pistol/


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                • #83
                  Coming soon from BBC Sounds ...
                  Mattan: Mahmood Mattan, a Somali seaman, was the last man to be hanged in Cardiff following the murder of a shopkeeper in Tiger Bay. But his death still casts a shadow seven decades after his execution. His family eventually received the posthumous pardon for Mahmood they so badly wanted - but at what price? Danielle Fahiya explores the lasting impact of the murder in Tiger Bay and hears for the first time from some of those intimately involved in this most enduring tale.
                  https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/aboutthe...%202022-23.pdf

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