Ludo and the power of the book

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Ludovic Kennedy did not believe that newspaper articles or TV programmes were enough to rouse the public or politicians to put right grievous wrongs. He was a great believer in the power of books to overturn miscarriages of justices. Each revealed grotesque mistakes and deliberate dishonesty aimed at suppressing the truth. As a result of these lies and cover-ups, innocent men were executed or spent many years in prison. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
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Ludo and the Power of the Book

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. In the mids he was a pioneer of a non-deferential style of interviewing politicians and other holders of public office. A willingness to take on the political and legal establishment was a useful and unusual attribute in an age when there were few takers for the proposition that police officers sometimes lied and that judges might occasionally be incompetent or mistaken.

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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  1. 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.

  2. Matt Foot. Ludo and the Power of the Book. Richard Ingrams. Constable. £ Anyone with the remotest interest in miscarriages of justice should not delay in.

  3. 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.

  4. A worthy memorial to a man whose campaigning against injustices was, probably more than any other single influence, responsible for the abolition of the death.

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