Bodies From The Library 3 – Competition


Regular attendees at Bodies From The Library conferences will know that in recent years we have been proud to offer delegates the opportunity to buy advance copies of Bodies From The Library collections of rare and little known short stories by leading writers of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Edited by Tony Medawar and published by HarperCollins, the third volume of the series was to have been previewed at this year’s conference, which, sadly, will no longer be possible due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

However, to mark the publication of the third volume on 9 July, Bodies From The Library is running a competition, set by Tony himself, based on the stories in the new volume.

All you need to do to enter the competition is to decide which of the authors whose stories feature in the volume (listed below) began one of their tales with the sentence:

“Adrian Belford, emerging from the offices of Messrs Golding & Moss, Financiers, hesitated uncertainly at the corner of Conduit Street and Bond Street.”

Authors included in Bodies From The Library 3 are:

Anthony Berkeley
Josephine Bell
Nicholas Blake
Lynn Brock
Christopher Bush
John Dickson Carr
Peter Cheyney
Agatha Christie
William A. R. Collins
Joseph Commings
Cyril Hare
David Hume
Ngaio Marsh
Stuart Palmer
John Rhode
Christopher St John Sprigg
Dorothy L. Sayers
Ethel Lina White

To enter the competition you should send an email to with your selected author’s name as the email Subject/Headline/Title and giving your name for us to contact you should you win.

There will be two winners of the competition. Each will win a ticket to next year’s Bodies From The Library Conference.

The competition closes at midnight on 4 July.

Only one entry per person will be accepted.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw to select the winner.

Full Competition Rules are as follows:

Answers should be submitted by email to

Maximum one entry per person.

Entries must include the answer in the subject/headline/title and your name.

The competition will close at midnight on 4 July 2020

All correct entries received by the deadline will be entered into a draw. The first two names drawn will be the winners.

In the event that there is only one correct entry then that person will win one prize ticket. All other entries will then be entered into a draw to select the second winner.

In the event that there are no correct entries then all entries will be entered into the draw and the first two names drawn will be the winners.

The draw will take place after the competition closing date and will be conducted by an independent representative from HarperCollins Publishers.

The prizes are donated by HarperCollins Publishers and Bodies From The Library.

The prizes are a ticket for each winner to the Bodies From The Library 2021 conference to be held at the British Library. In the event that the conference does not take place the “Early Bird” ticket value will be awarded instead.

The winners will be notified by email. The names of the two winners will be published on the Bodies From The Library website.

No employee of HarperCollins or Bodies From The Library, nor any employee’s family member, may enter the competition.

The terms and conditions for the competition will be published on The Bodies From The Library website.

By entering the competition you confirm acceptance of these rules and for your name to be published if you should be the winner.

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