Inside Broadmoor (Secrets of the Criminally Insane – Revealed by the Chief Attendant) has been fortunate to receive some great honest reviews.
For authenticity, book authors are blocked by Amazon from adding their own reviews, so the following are from five genuine British customers and one American customer.
5 star – January 12th 2017 – by an Amazon Verified Purchaser – “Wonderful for a non-fiction person who enjoys early nineteen hundreds. Only wish there had been more “notes.” Also enjoyed the author including names of other books throughout the book. Would really enjoy another by author. Well worth the same price!”
5 star – 7th June 2016 – by an Amazon Verified Purchaser – “Really enjoyed this book, did not want to put this book down.”
5 star – 3rd June 2016 – by an Amazon Verified Purchaser – “an extremely perceptive and well researched account of the disturbed and dangerous inmates confined at Broadmoor in the late 19th and early 20th century. The impartial diary entries of Chief Attendant Charles Coleman are in stark contrast to the dreadful crimes committed, and given the stress of his position he emerges as an unusually empathetic person. The original press and court reports of the crimes effectively conveys the social climate in those days – even a sort public stoicism compared to the often mawkish reportage of these times.
This must have been a difficult book to write and research. Kim Forester has created a valuable piece of social history which although horrific at times, is a fascinating read.”
4 star – 31st May 2016 – by an Amazon Verified Purchaser – “This is an interesting and informative true crime book that takes us back to the harsher times of criminal justice and indeed, life, in Britain during the late Nineteenth, early Twentieth century. Taken from the diaries of the authors Great, Great Grandfather, Charles Bishop Coleman, Chief Attendant at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum from 1873 to 1912. Each chapter deals with specific types of crimes and the poor unfortunates that were responsible for them.
The author gives a no-nonsense account of each case so that we get a true feeling of what it must have been like to be incarcerated in Broadmoor Prison for the criminally insane. There are truly horrible and truly tragic accounts of murders, mutilations and more. Enough to satisfy any lover of true crime stories.
I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed reading these accounts, but the book is so informative that I wanted to read on and was drawn in by the easy narrative style the author uses. I particularly enjoyed the ending of the book when Kim Forester talks about Charles and his life. I could read an entire book about this kind and caring man who was deeply affected by what he witnessed during his stint at Broadmoor.”
5 star – 3rd May 2016 – by an Amazon Customer – “Absolutely brilliant, well written and lots of interesting things about the hospital and what went on years ago.”
5 star – 3rd May 2016 – by an Amazon Verified Purchaser – “THIS BOOK IS VERY INFORMATIVE, VERY WELL WRITTEN FROM THE PRIVATE DIARIES OF THE AUTHORS GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER WHO WAS THE CHIEF ATTENDANT AT BROADMOOR. IF YOU LIKE CRIMINAL HISTORY THEN THIS BOOK IS A MUST.”