A Passion for Poison (5th August 2021)

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‘The whole story is so terrible. You will be disgusted and amazed.’ Graham Young, confessing his crimes to detectives

There are few criminal cases more astonishing yet less well known than that of Graham Young. A quintessentially British crime story set in the post-war London suburbs, it involves two sensational trials, murders both certain and probable, a clutch of forgiving relatives, and scores of surviving victims.

Fourteen in the summer of 1962, Graham stood in the Old Bailey dock charged with poisoning a schoolfriend and family members by adding antimony to their packed lunches, Sunday roast and morning cups of tea. Diagnosed with multiple personality disorders, Graham’s trial resulted in his detainment at Broadmoor, where he was the youngest patient. But it was on his release from Broadmoor that Graham caused the greatest harm.

Finding employment in Hadlands, a photographic supplies firm, his role as junior storeman meant he was expected to make tea and coffee for his colleagues. And very soon, numerous members of staff began experiencing crippling stomach pains… A psychologically astute insight into the mind of a complex and intriguing individual, A Passion for Poison is true crime at its best.

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‘The whole story is so terrible. You will be disgusted and amazed.’ Graham Young, confessing his crimes to detectives

There are few criminal cases more astonishing yet less well known than that of Graham Young. A quintessentially British crime story set in the post-war London suburbs, it involves two sensational trials, murders both certain and probable, a clutch of forgiving relatives, and scores of surviving victims.

Fourteen in the summer of 1962, Graham stood in the Old Bailey dock charged with poisoning a schoolfriend and family members by adding antimony to their packed lunches, Sunday roast and morning cups of tea. Diagnosed with multiple personality disorders, Graham’s trial resulted in his detainment at Broadmoor, where he was the youngest patient. But it was on his release from Broadmoor that Graham caused the greatest harm.

Finding employment in Hadlands, a photographic supplies firm, his role as junior storeman meant he was expected to make tea and coffee for his colleagues. And very soon, numerous members of staff began experiencing crippling stomach pains… A psychologically astute insight into the mind of a complex and intriguing individual, A Passion for Poison is true crime at its best.

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Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781474621687

Author

Shin, Kyung-Sook

Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Binding

Paperback

Illustrator

McCann, Emma

1 review for A Passion for Poison (5th August 2021)

  1. S Todd

    A Passion For Poison is a forensic account of the life and crimes of ‘Teacup Poisoner’ Graham Young who, at the age of 14 in 1962, became the youngest patient to be detained at Broadmoor following a trial where he was charged with poisoning a school friend and family members. Upon his release from the psychiatric unit, Young found employment at the photographic supplies firm Hadlands but, as his colleagues would discover, his obsession with deadly potions remained…

    Although this book is heavy going in places, and not necessarily for those of a nervous disposition as Young’s diary entries and various witness reports are reproduced either partially or in full, this tome takes a dramatic turn worthy of any page-turner when the exchanges between Young and his arresting officers is shown and overall we get a comprehensive insight into the disturbed mind of the criminal, how he came to re-offend, the impact it had on Young’s relatives and the surviving victims, as well as the wider socio-economic and political fallout from these crimes.

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