The Golden Age of Detective Fiction
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Detective fiction from the ‘Golden Age’ between the two world wars has enjoyed an astonishing renaissance in recent years, not just in Britain but across the world. Long forgotten books are selling more copies in reprint editions than when they were first published. What is more, a wide range of bestselling authors are writing novels which, in one way or another, build on the tropes and traditions of the Golden Age, often in highly inventive fashion. What lies behind this unexpected literary phenomenon?
There is no-one better to try to solve the mystery than Martin Edwards, winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger, the highest award in UK crime writing. He is consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics, President of the Detection Club, and author of twenty novels, including two in the Golden Age vein, Gallows Court and Mortmain Hall. In conversation with Lit & Phil Librarian Kay Easson, Martin will explore the glories of the Golden Age and why its revival transcends mere nostalgia.
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