Dolores Gordon-Smith on G.K. Chesterton

Continuing our series of lectures from the archives, we return to 2016 when Dolores Gordon-Smith spoke on G.K. Chesterton: Mystery and Mysticism.

Dolores is a regular speaker at the conferences and is the author of her own series of murder mysteries set in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction between the two world wars, featuring Jack Haldean, a former pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

Forgotten Murder, the latest in the Jack Haldean series (along with the previous books) is available from Amazon at Forgotten Murder

 

Bodies From The Library Competition Winners

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Congratulations to Carol McBride and Jamie Sherwin who have won the two prizes of tickets to next years Bodies From The Library conference in the competition jointly sponsored with HarperCollins.

They correctly guessed the solution to the question set by Tony Medawar which required them to identify correctly the author of one of the stories, included in the third Bodies From The Library collection of rare and little known short stories by leading writers of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, which goes on sale tomorrow, based on the opening sentence:

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

The correct solution is Dorothy L. Sayers, whose short story The House of The Poplars, is one one of the many highlights of the collection.

Other authors whose works feature 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
Ethel Lina White

Bodies From The Library Competition -last day

Today is a day of mixed emotions.

Had the pandemic not intervened, I would have been travelling up to London to help set up for the Bodies From The Library conference scheduled for tomorrow, that is sadly deferred till next year. But, on the glass half full side, I have just received my advance copy of Tony Medawar’s third collection of lost stories from the Golden Age.

And although there is no conference tomorrow, there is still time to enter the competition which we are running in conjunction with HarperCollins to mark the publication of the third volume of the Bodies From The Library series.

All you need to do is to decide which of the authors whose stories feature in the new 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 BFTLCompetition@gmail.com 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 available at our website.

Martin Edwards at Bodies From The Library 2017

At the 2017 Bodies From The Library Conference Martin Edwards was interviewed by Rob Davies of the British Library about his non-fiction book, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. The discussion ranged from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of The Baskervilles to Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers On A Train.

Listen again to the whole discussion:

 

Martin is the editor of the British Library Crime Classics short story anthologies and the author of the Harry Devlin series of crime novels, the Lake District Cold-Case Mysteries and his latest series of mysteries set in the 1930s. His new novel, Mortmain Hall, is available now from Amazon:

Bodies From The Library Competition

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There is still time to enter the competition which we are running in conjunction with HarperCollins to mark the publication of the third volume of the Bodies From The Library series, edited by Tony Medawar.

All you need to do is to decide which of the authors whose stories feature in the new 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 BFTLCompetition@gmail.com 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 available at our website.

Tony Medawar on Anthony Berkeley Cox

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Tony Medawar talks about Anthony Berkeley a.k.a. Frances Iles (amongst several other pseudonyms) at the 2016 Bodies From The Library Conference.

Tony’s new collection of lost, misplaced or otherwise obscure short stories by the great authors of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, his third in the cunningly titled Bodies From The Library series, is published by HarperCollins on July 9th.

To mark the publication we, along with HarperCollins, are running a competition – details of which can be found on our website. https://bodiesfromthelibrary.com/

To listen to Tony’s talk, illustrated with the slides from the day, go to:

Bodies From The Library 3 – Competition

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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 BFTLCompetition@gmail.com 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 BFTLCompetition@gmail.com

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.

Another delve into the archives

We have unearthed another talk from our archives to share. This time it is Stella Duffy’s 2016 discussion of Ngaio Marsh and theatricality in her novels. Stella is uniquely placed to comment on Marsh having immersed herself in the project to complete a novel which Marsh herself abandoned unfinished. The result was the critically acclaimed Money in the Morgue published in 2018 by the Collins Crime Club.

From the Archives

We are still feeling so disappointed that the fantastic programme we had put together for this year’s conference in July has had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis. We really feel for the speakers whose efforts in researching and preparing their talks must seem like they have all been wasted at the moment. Of course we are intending to come back next year and hopefully some, if not all, of those talks, so diligently prepared, will receive the airing they deserve then.

But in the meantime, we are all locked up in our homes, only emerging for essential journeys. With the cut backs in public transport, who knows if the 4:50 from Paddington will run today? Is there an Orient Express even now crossing borders in the Balkans or is that too a victim of the pandemic?

One thing that is consoling us, and we know many others, is the fabulous range of archive performances being screened by some of the great companies of the world and all for free. Here in the UK we are spoiled for choice with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, the BBC and many others offering us access to the finest culture in the comfort (confines?) of our own living rooms. I must confess I haven’t tracked down any of Agatha’s plays in amongst those that can now be streamed – but if anyone else can point me in the direction of an example then please let me know.

And in the same spirit, we have been going back through the archive recordings made of previous Bodies From The Library conferences to pick out some gems to share with you.

Here, from our very first conference in 2015, is a wonderful illustrated talk by Tony Medawar on Locked Room Mysteries in which the audio recording of Tony’s lecture is paired with the slides he used on the day. We do hope you enjoy it.

Take care and stay safe!

The Bodies From The Library team

Tony Medawar – Howdunnit? Locked Room Mysteries and Other Impossible Crimes

 

Bodies From The Library 2020 – cancelled

Due to the current coronavirus situation, after discussions with the British Library, we have decided that we must cancel the 2020 Bodies From The Library conference scheduled for 4th July.

Full refunds will be given to everybody who has booked to attend. We are contacting everybody who purchased tickets and arranging the refunds.

We have a provisional date already agreed with the British Library in June 2021 for next year’s conference and we will post details in due course.

Thank you to everyone who booked for this year’s event, we’re just as disappointed as you that it can’t go ahead, and we look forward to seeing you all next time in 2021!