Polly Button’s tangled life and brutal death sheds light on a dark period in Nuneaton’s history. They make for a gripping story, but there is significance beyond telling a good tale. Struggling to raise a family as a single parent, when traditional industry is collapsing, and dire poverty is an ever-present threat, is a struggle many are familiar with today. Polly Button – a name redolent of its time – has something to tell us, even from the grave.
– KEN LOACH, TV and film director, twice winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival
Packed with meticulous original research and scholarship, this is an absolutely fascinating book. It reveals the economic catastrophe that hit Nuneaton in the early 1800s through the impact it had on destitute families and the personal tragedies it produced.
– JOHN BURTON, eminent Nuneaton historian and Chairman of the George Eliot Fellowship
Thoroughly researched and effectively captures the atmosphere of poverty and desperation in early 19th Century Nuneaton.
– DAVID PATERSON, Chair, Nuneaton branch of the Historical Association
Feedback on the book:
This book is so much more than a murder story. It is also a well-researched study of the socio-economic conditions which prevailed in Nuneaton at the time Polly was murdered.
– John Veasey
I particularly enjoyed reading about what happened to her children.
– Brenda Evans
Murder Trail Walks
I really enjoyed the walk & talk yesterday about the murder of Polly Button. Thanks for taking the time out to do it and all the work involved.
– Steve Arnold
Very interesting to follow the Polly Button story, thank you for a very enjoyable tour.
– Alison James
I really enjoyed the walk today, what a fantastic turnout. You did a brilliant job, especially for a first time. I think hearing about the social conditions really brings the story to life. Your thorough research puts it all in context. I look forward to reading the book. Thank you for an interesting day.
– Lynne Rosser
I admire the amount of diligent work you have done researching this story and sharing it with everyone today, much appreciated.
– Stanley Rooney
I can’t believe I live so near to the site of this horrible murder! I live in Lexington Court right next to the old Wheatsheaf that was a pub until recently When I moved here 19 years ago it was still a pub and I didn’t know a thing about this!
– Angela Owens
Blimey, he [Danks] did go round the houses didn’t he!
– Kerry Brabazon
I’ve lived in St Mary’s Road for 28 years and had heard about Polly Button’s murder but didn’t know just how close it was.
– Linda Holmes
As a child my dad always said his garage was haunted by Polly, so very interested to learn more.
– Stacey Brown
Well done Steve I am so looking forward to reading the book.
– Glenda Lewis
Admire your enthusiasm and diligence in researching this story. Enjoyed your excellent walk in Nuneaton earlier this year, keep up the good work!
– Stanley Rooney
Running a business on the site where Polly Button’s house once stood, I’m really interested in this.
– Zoe Holland