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The golden age of murder, Martin Edwards

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The golden age of murder
Title
The golden age of murder
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Martin Edwards
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Language
eng
Summary
A real-life detective story, investigating how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction, writing books casting new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their authors' darkest secrets. This is the first book about the Detection Club, the world's most famous and most mysterious social network of crime writers. Drawing on years of in-depth research, it reveals the astonishing story of how members such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reinvented detective fiction.Detective stories from the so-called "Golden Age" between the wars are often dismissed as cosily conventional. Nothing could be further from the truth: some explore forensic pathology and shocking serial murders, others delve into police brutality and miscarriages of justice; occasionally the innocent are hanged, or murderers get away scot-free. Their authors faced up to the Slump and the rise of Hitler during years of economic misery and political upheaval, and wrote books agonising over guilt and innocence, good and evil, and explored whether killing a fellow human being was ever justified. Though the stories included no graphic sex scenes, sexual passions of all kinds seethed just beneath the surface. Attracting feminists, gay and lesbian writers, Socialists and Marxist sympathisers, the Detection Club authors were young, ambitious and at the cutting edge of popular culture - some had sex lives as bizarre as their mystery plots. Fascinated by real life crimes, they cracked unsolved cases and threw down challenges to Scotland Yard, using their fiction to take revenge on people who hurt them, to conduct covert relationships, and even as an outlet for homicidal fantasy. Their books anticipated not only CSI, Jack Reacher and Gone Girl, but also Lord of the Flies. The Club occupies a unique place in Britain's cultural history, and its influence on storytelling in fiction, film and television throughout the world continues to this day. Nominated for CWA NON FICTION DAGGER, 2016
Summary
Looks at how the authors in the Detection Club, which came to include such personalities as Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, changed the way mystery novels were conceived and written in 1920s and 1930s Britain
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Award
  • Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, 2015.
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical, 2016.
  • Macavity Award for Best Critical/Biographical, 2016.
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Adult
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fiction
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adult
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The golden age of murder, Martin Edwards
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https://fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i/productDetail.html?productId=HCP_095018&b2bSite=1545
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Downloadable Book
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
9780008105976-HCU664505-000
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
electronic
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Access restricted to registered members of City Libraries
Isbn
9780008105976
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The golden age of murder, Martin Edwards
Link
https://fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i/productDetail.html?productId=HCP_095018&b2bSite=1545
Publication
Note
Downloadable Book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
9780008105976-HCU664505-000
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Access restricted to registered members of City Libraries
Isbn
9780008105976
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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