The Mirror describes Anne and her former husband and amateur canoeist as being engaged in "the most outrageous fraud of modern times".  I suspect that when such a list is produced the likes of Allen Stamford and Bernie Madoff might pip the Darwins to that prize.

However this fraud remains a brilliant story and demonstrates a common trait of so many frauds that in it was detected by chance - the publication of a photo of them on signing contracts in Panama; what are the chances of that?

I understand that any profits from the sale of the book will go to charity (including the most appropriate RNLI) as there is a prohibition in English law from convicted criminals from profiting from their crimes.

Let's hope the book will be followed by a film; Toby Jones to play John Darwin?  Any contenders to play Anne Darwin?