Century has acquired the “definitive account of one of the most shocking crimes in Britain”.
Editor Ajda Vucicevic bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Shepherd’s Bush Murders by Nick Rusell-Pavier from Joanna Swainson of Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency.
The book tells the story of how a gang of small-time criminals, including Harry Roberts, shot and killed three policemen in broad daylight on a quiet London street on 12th August 1966.
Vucicevic said: “Harry Roberts was one of Britain’s most wanted men, and to this day his name inspires strong feelings. The book will explore all aspects of the crime, the context of 1966 and delve deeper into who the gang members and victims were, who Harry Roberts was and how this chilling event was a crime that shook Britain. Nick is a tremendous talent who will leave no stone unturned in telling the real story behind the headlines.”
Russell-Pavier said: “One of the more obvious things that has happened to our view of the Sixties is the way they have been idealised into a kind of lost golden age. The ‘dream’ aspect of the Sixties has been preserved, while their darker side has slipped from view. Three criminals, three policemen, three guns, three murders, 50 years later this is the full story for the first time. A true crime thriller and also a vivid slice of British social history.”
Century will publish The Shepherd’s Bush Murders in hardback, costing £12.99, in July 2016.