Ludo and the power of the book

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Sir Ludovic Ludo Kennedy was one of the best known and most popular television journalists of his generation, a masterly interviewer and maker of documentaries. But his lifelong ambition was to be known as a writer. After serving as a naval officer in the Second World War and an abortive attempt to get into parliament as a Liberal MP he achieved worldwide recognition with his best-selling book Ten Rillington Place , later a film starring John Hurt and Richard Attenborough. Arguing that a book by an accomplished writer is the only effective means of righting an injustice, Richard Ingrams re-tells the story of four gripping murders for which innocent men later championed by Ludo were made to suffer by corrupt policemen and bungling politicians and judges. Richard Ingrams was one of the founders of Private Eye and was its editor for many years, before going on to found The Oldie in , which he then edited until He was also a long serving columnist in The Observer and later The Independent.
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To those of us who take an interest in miscarriages of justice Ludovic Kennedy is something of a patron saint. The second, by a judge in , followed Kennedy’s book and a campaign led by, among others, Observer editor David Astor. It concluded that, although Evans might not have.

Ludo and the Power of the Book review – portrait of a great campaigning journalist

T o those of us who take an interest in miscarriages of justice Ludovic Kennedy is something of a patron saint. His account of the terrible events at 10 Rillington Place, the house of horrors in s Notting Hill, which led to the trial and execution of an innocent man, is a classic. In later years Kennedy took up the cudgels on behalf of many other miscarriage of justice victims. Richard Ingrams has recounted just four of the many causes that Kennedy, espoused, using them to illustrate his argument that the pen is mightier than any other medium and to pay tribute to one of the great campaigning writers of his day. Kennedy was one of the first television journalists.

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This is not a traditional biography, setting out in detail the events of his life, but instead a testimony to his contribution to his groundbreaking campaigns for justice. Today we may assume that there have always been journalists to take up the causes of miscarriages of justice, but before Ludovic Kennedy that was not the case. He started a tradition in when he wrote the book Ten Rillington Place, about the conviction and hanging of Timothy Evans for murder in Kennedy challenged comprehensively that Evans was guilty, and in so doing exposed the real culprit, serial killer John Christie. Ingrams skilfully and intriguingly summarises the other big miscarriages of justice he took on: the case of Patrick Meehan, wrongly convicted of a murder; the Luton Post Office murder concerning David Cooper and Michael McMahon; and the hanging of Richard Hauptmann in the US in the s. The journalistic skill he could bring to a case alongside lawyers and campaigners involved a drive to understand and investigate the detail so as to comprehensively establish that the evidence before the jury was illogical or unsound. He took particular care to understand not just where the evidence had been distorted but why.

An in-depth and fascinating biography of Ludovic Kennedy, British journalist and humanist, best known for his tireless pursuit of social justice. Bookmarks has been publishing books for over 40 years. Every year we publish a selection of books and pamphlets that address the key issues facing activists and trade unionists. Many of our older publications are available from our secondhand section. Availability : In Stock. Published Date : 01 Jan


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  1. Ludovic Kennedy did not believe that newspaper articles or TV programmes were enough to rouse the public or politicians to put right grievous wrongs.

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