To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem.
Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P.D.
James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for more than fifty years as a novelist. From the tenant of 221b Baker Street to the Village Priest from Cubhole in Essex, from the Golden Age of detective writing between the wars to the achievements of the present and a glimpse at the future, P.D.
James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages, 9 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: The Bodleian Library
- Publication Date: 23/09/2009
- Category: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
- ISBN: 9781851243099
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Review by bobmarsh
A great writer gives us an insight into her own favourites and influences within the genre of detective fiction. Mainly British with a mention of Marlowe and Maigret but immensely readable and a valuable source for any fan of crime fiction.
Review by femme_letale
I got the sense that this book, although interesting, would have worked better as a series of lectures. It is full of repetitions (how many times does the word 'vicariously' appear) and it is vapid. It shows some insights, here and there but it is too thin and opinionated.
Review by quiBee
James talks about Detective fiction--what makes people want to read it, the beginning of detective fiction, the golden age, American hard-boiled. and the evolution today.<br/>An interesting read.