It is with great sadness that we report the death in October of John Hostettler, at the age of 93.
Credited with unearthing William Garrow’s contributions to the history of adversary trial, he wrote three books featuring Garrow and was a founder member and frequent contributor to The Garrow Society.
There is a full obituary on publisher Waterside Press’ website: watersidepress.co.uk/acatalog/John-Hostettler-obituary.html
Our condolences to John’s widow Joy, family and friends.
‘While my husband and Mr. Henley were engaged in writing plays in Bournemouth they made a number of titles, hoping to use them in the future. Dramatic composition was not what my husband preferred, but the torrent of Mr. Henley’s enthusiasm swept him off his feet. However, after several plays had been finished, and his health seriously impaired by his endeavours to keep up with Mr. Henley, play writing was abandoned forever, and my husband returned to his legitimate vocation. Having added one of the titles, The Hanging Judge, to the list of projected plays, now thrown aside, and emboldened by my husband’s offer to give me any help needed, I concluded to try and write it myself.
Continue reading “The Mention of Garrow by the Wife of R L Stevenson in the Preface to Kidnapped”
Read Richard Braby’s associated article here
Images of the letter kindly provided by and copyright of: The Bodleian Libraries, The University of Oxford (Shelfmark: MS. Wilberforce d. 17, fol. 266).
Continue reading “Garrow Letter to Wilberforce”
Legal historian and Garrow Society founder member John Hostettler has written a new book which is out now, just in time for Christmas. Continue reading “New Book Offers Fresh Material on William Garrow”
The cast and set of Garrow’s Law featured in last night’s edition of the BBC documentary ‘The Strange Case of the Law’.
Continue reading “The Strange Case of the Law”
Episode one of the new series of ‘Garrow’s Law’ – shown last Sunday the 13th November 2011 on BBC1 – set the basis of the next episode. Lady Sarah, Garrow’s lover, sets out to obtain custody of her infant son. Despite being warned by Garrow and Southouse that as a married woman she has no rights at law, she issues an application for his custody.
Continue reading “Garrow’s Law and the Real Story of Women’s Rights”
Garrow’s Law historical researcher and writer Mark Pallis created a short documentary as a series 2 DVD extra.
The whole twenty minute programme is now available online, free of charge. It features John Hostettler, co-author of Sir William Garrow – the first biography about William Garrow.
Mark Pallis writes on his blog that there will soon be a closed screening of the first episode of series 3 of Garrow’s Law.
With some of the cast members present Mark says he will try to ask them any questions posted on his blog.
Continue reading “Put Your Questions to the Cast of Garrow’s Law”
It looks like there will be another series of Garrow’s Law, but once again it will be just four episodes long!
Although there doesn’t appear to be any official confirmation this is still good news for fans of the drama. One would imagine that more of Garrow’s unusual personal life and trailblazing public performances will make for another thoroughly enjoyable series.
Continue reading “Third Series of Garrow’s Law Rumoured..”