Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh

Her Life in Crime

eBook - 2010
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While Ngaio Marsh had a larger than life public persona, she was fiercely protective of her private life. No one knows better how to cover tracks with red herrings and remove incriminating evidence than a crime fiction writer. This fascinating biography of Ngaio Marsh pieces together both the public and private Marsh in a way that is as riveting as a crime novel. Through Marsh's writing and her theatre productions and publications, Joanne Drayton assembles the pieces to the puzzle that is Ngaio Marsh, proving that life can be as thrilling as fiction. Marsh wrote her first detective novel in a London flat in the depths of the 1930s Depression. In 'A Man Lay Dead' she brought to life Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Through thirty-two novels he would establish himself as one of the great super-sleuths, and Marsh as one of four Queens of Golden Age detective fiction writing alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham. In 1932, a family tragedy brought Marsh home to New Zealand, to a life divided - between hemispheres, between passionate relationships at home and abroad, and between the world of publishing and her life as a stage director. In 1949, her writing would earn her the ultimate distinction when Penguin and Collins released the 'Marsh Million' - 100,000 copies of ten of her titles - on to the world market. The popular appetite for classic 'whodunits' was insatiable and Marsh was one of the best, but her greatest love was the stage - or was it?
Publisher: Sydney :, HarperCollins Publisher,, 2010.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Wheelers Books
Notes: Not recommended for use on the libraries' public computers.
Electronic reproduction. Available from Wheelers Books.
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