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Vol 23 No 5 May/June 2018

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Holy Deadlock 2nd ed

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ISBN13: 004369
ISBN: 004369
Published: November 1934
Publisher: Methuen & Co. Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

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Holy Deadlock is a satirical novel by the English author A. P. Herbert, published in 1934, which aimed to highlight the perceived inadequacies and absurdities of contemporary divorce law.

The book takes a particularly lenient view of the need for divorces, which it characterises as "a relief from misfortune, not a crime", and demonstrates how the then current system created an environment which encouraged the participants to commit perjury and adultery.

This book was a major element in the popular debate about the liberalisation of divorce law in the mid-1930s, and helped pave the way for the 1937 statutory reforms.