The new issue of Law, Crime and History journal has been published featuring work by LJMU PhD candidate Sam Saunders. Sam, along with Setphen Basdeo (Leeds Trinity), also edited and introduced the issue which has a broad focus crime history and crime literature. Contributors to Law, Crime and History originally presented their work at a successful conference at LJMU entitled “Lives, Trials, and Executions: Perspectives on Crime, 1700–1900” in 2017.

Sam notes that “the aim of the conference was to bring together scholars working on crime history and crime fiction from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the editorial aim of the journal was really to reflect that breadth”.

Sam’s own contribution to the journal is a study of mid-Victorian police memoir fiction, a largely forgotten genre of literature which helped to prepare readers for later iterations of crime and detective fiction. His interest in the subject was sparked by his ground-breaking PhD research into the lost periodical origins of detective fiction.