First Lines Fridays – 10th July 2020

Hey everyone!
It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays.


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The first lines of today’s chosen book are:

There would be plenty of time for questions later.
For now, the nurses and security were intent upon breaking the lethal nine-hour barricade inside the little corner of hell that resident murderer Robert ‘Bob’ Maudsley had created.


And the book is…

Inside Broadmoor: Up Close and Personal With Britain’s Most Dangerous Criminals by Jonathan Levi and Emma French


GoodReads Synopsis:

‘There is time and then there is Broadmoor time’

Broadmoor. Few places in the world have a name with such chilling resonance. For over 150 years, it has contained the UK’s most violent, dangerous and psychopathic.

Since opening as an asylum for the criminally insane in 1863 it has housed the perpetrators of many of the most shocking crimes in history; including Jack the Ripper suspect James Kelly, serial killers Peter Sutcliffe, John Straffen and Kenneth Erskine, armed robber Charles Bronson, gangster Ronnie Kray, and cannibal Peter Bryan.

The truth about what goes on behind the Victorian walls of the high security hospital has largely remained a mystery, but now with unprecedented access, TV journalist Jonathan Levi and cultural historian Emma French paint a vivid picture of life at Bradmoor, after nearly a decade observing and speaking to those on the inside.

Including interviews with the staff, its experts and the patients themselves, “Inside Broadmoor” is the most comprehensive study of the institution to-date.

Published at the dawn of a new era for the hospital, this is the full story of Broadmoor’s past, present, and future and a dark but enlightening journey into the minds of Britain’s most dangerous and how they are treated.


I came across this while browsing in the book section of ASDA a while back, and being the true crime lover that I am, I HAD to have it! Broadmoor was/is home to the most dangerous criminals in Britain, and at one point was home to Ronnie Kray. As a lot of you know, the Kray twins are the criminals that I am personally most interested in, and there is a whole chapter solely about Ronnie Kray in this book, titled ‘The Most Notorious of Them All’. This is going to be such an interesting book, and I can not wait to read it!


Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments!

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