Line up for Bodies From The Library 2019 now complete

The full line up of speakers for this year’s conference has now been finalised and can be found at:

Programme 2019

For further information about the speakers you can read brief biographies at:


2019 Conference Programme Announced

The programme for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference has now been announced.

It offers a variety of panel sessions and lectures covering a cross-section of both the familiar and the less well-known authors of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

The full programme is:

9:55 Welcome

10.00 Is The Golden Age Humdrum?
Jake Kerridge, Moira Redmond and Richard Reynolds

10.30 The Puppet Master: John Dickson Carr (1906-1977)
Tony Medawar

11.00 City and Countryside in ECR Lorac’s crime novels
Sarah Ward

11.30 COFFEE

11.50 Two (Undeservedly) Forgotten Crime Club Authors
John Curran

12.20 The Max Carrados Tales of Ernest Bramah
Dolores Gordon-Smith

12.50 LUNCH

1.50 Radio Play

2.20 Murder in Mind: The Crime Novels of Helen McCloy
Christine Poulson

2.50 Agatha Christie: Playwright
Julius Green and John Curran

3.20 TBC


4.10 Cyril Hare: Master of the English Murder
Martin Edwards and Christine Poulson

4.40 The 10 Types of Impossible Crime
Jim Noy and Daniel Curtis

5.10 Ask The Experts

Sadly, the session featuring Simon Brett and Len Tyler which had been planned for the afternoon, as mentioned in our previous notification of conference speakers, has had to be cancelled (or should that be postponed to 2020?) due to family commitments. We will let you know as soon as a new speaker has been confirmed.

Revealed: First topics to be covered at the 2019 Conference

We can now reveal that the programme for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference will include:

Ernest Bramah – an English author whose blind detective, Max Carados, featured in stories alongside Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock Holmes in the Strand Magazine.

Cyril Hare – the pseudonym of English judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark who created the unlikely detective duo of Francis Pettigrew, a second-rate barrister, and Inspector Mallett who appeared separately or together in all bar one of his detective fiction novels including such perennial favourites as Tragedy at Law.

Helen McCloy – creator of Dr Basil Willing whose theory that “every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints and he can’t wear gloves to hide them” informed her series of novels featuring the detective, starting with Dance of Death in 1938.

With less than 48 hours before the Early Bird discount offer ends, you can still ensure your place at what promises to be another fascinating examination of both the famous names of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and some whose reputations thoroughly deserve to be revived for the 2018 price.


First speakers announced for Bodies From The Library 2019

We are pleased to announce that Simon Brett, Len Tyler, Martin Edwards and Dolores Gordon Smith will all be speaking at the Bodies From The Library Conference 2019. Our own Dr John Curran will also be speaking at the conference.

Personally, I hope that Simon and Len will be paired together to follow up their 2018 double act which was the highlight of the programme for me last year.

And don’t miss out on the Early Bird discount, saving you £5 on the cost of your ticket, if you book before the expiry of the 31 January deadline.

Early Bird Discount for Conference ends in two weeks

Not got your ticket yet for The Bodies From The Library Conference 2019?

There is still time to book your place at last year’s price, but do hurry, there are only a few days left before the early bird offer price expires on 1st February.

As always, tickets are selling quickly so, if you want to ensure your place at the conference (and have the opportunity to get your own copies of forthcoming books in the British Library’s Crime Classics series ahead of the official publication date), then you need to book as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Seasons Greetings from Bodies From The Library

As we enter the Festive Season, we at Bodies From The Library wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are all familiar with classic Golden Age Mysteries set at this time of year – from Agatha Christie’s Adventure of the Christmas Pudding to J. Jefferson Farjeon’s Mystery in White. We sincerely hope that you do not fall victim to the festive excesses and hope to see you all in the New Year.

And for those “difficult to buy for” relatives – or even as a treat for yourself – there is still time to buy your tickets for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference at the discounted “Early Bird” price of just £40 – a saving of £5 on the full price. Simply click on the link on this page.