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Book Title: Beyond Belief: The Moors Murderers. The Story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.|
The author of the book: Emlyn Williams
Date of issue: June 5th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780330020886
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Reader ratings: 4.6
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I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. It was not what I expected, in fact it was better.
Strangely, Ian Brady died in the facility he was locked up in the day after I read this book. It was weird hearing his name on the news and it made me think even more about what I had garnered from this book.
This is not written like a typical true crime book. What the author has done is quite clever, you read it as thought it's a story and you are in that story with the characters. You are behind the words of Myra and Ian and immersed in the era fully. It's very realistic. There is a LOT of Yorkshire slang and dialect with the dialogue in this book, it adds authenticity but some will struggle to grasp it. I personally liked it.
The author poses questions for us as he tells us about their lives from birth through to incarceration. The book reads almost like a novel in some ways which will appeal to some readers but not all.
After this book went to print, two further children were announced as being victims of the duo. Interestingly they are mentioned at the back of the book as unsolved disappearances at the time of print, later confessed to.
Some information in this book was found to be untrue in the latest book written about Ian Brady - the only book that Brady agreed to be interviewed for. Specifically they are the claims that he was cruel to animals (in fact he was a great animal lover) and the role of Myra in the sexual attack and killings is much more on par and equal to Brady.
Aside from that, there is so much detailed information in this book and it makes for both horrifying but fascinating reading. The dynamics of their relationship with each other and Myra's response after arrest I found very interesting. My heart just was so heavy thinking of what those poor children and teens went through after falling into the manipulative hands of these two.
I highly recommend this book if you are keen to learn more about The Moors Murderers. Be prepared to be fully immersed in their worlds, from childhood events all the way to their court case and beyond. The characters that surround this duo really come to life in the way it's written.
4 stars from me. A different telling of the chilling story that made these two so well known around the world. Recommended reading!
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Read information about the authorBorn George Emlyn Williams in Pen-y-Ffordd, Mostyn, Flintshire in northeast Wales on November 1905, he lived in a rural village in which Welsh was spoken until he was 12 years old, when his family moved to an English-speaking town, Connah's Quay. It changed the course of his life as it was there that the teacher Sarah Grace Cooke, recognizing his literary talent, encouraged him and helped him win a scholarship to Oxford, where he attended the college of Christ Church. She is immortalized in the character of Miss Moffat in his play, "The Corn is Green."
Williams' plays "Yesterday's Magic," "The Morning Star" and "Someone Waiting" were also performed on Broadway, and he had a success on the Great White Way as an actor himself in a solo performance as Charles Dickens, which he revived twice. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for 'A Boy Growing Up' (1958), an adaptation of a work by fellow Welshman 'Dylan Thomas'. The tribal Williams also nurtured the young Welshman Richard Burton, whom he directed in his first lead film role in 'The Last Days of Dolwyn' (1949). (Burton's professional stage debut had been in Williams' play "Druid's Rest," and Emyln Williams' son 'Brook Williams' became one of his life-long friends.) Williams was the godfather to his first daughter, 'Kate Burton', who is also an actress.
In addition to directing and acting in film, Emlyn Williams famously collaborated with the great director Alfred Hitchcock. Williams acted in and wrote additional dialog for both the original The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and Jamaica Inn (1939).
Emlyn Williams wrote two memoirs, "George, An Early Autobiography" (1961), and "'Emlyn: An Early Autography, 1927-1935" (1974), as well as a 1967 non-fiction account of the Moors Murders entitled "Beyond Belief." His 1980 novel "Headlong" was adapted by David S. Ward into the movie "King Ralph" (1991). He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1962.
When he died in 1987, Emlyn Williams had written or co-written 20 screenplays in addition to his 20 plays. As an actor, he had appeared in 41 films and teleplays, plus made numerous appearances on stage.