The Margery Allingham Society

Margery Allingham: 100 Years of a Great Mystery Writer

100 Years of a Great Mystery Writer

Published May 2004
Lucas Books of Thorndon, Suffolk, ISBN 1903797-35, price £12.99


Margery Allingham: an appreciation by Sara Paretsky
'Children not Sausages' by Andrew Taylor
CHAPTER 1: GROWING UP 1904 - 1920
'The Education of a Writer: Margery Allingham at Home and School' by Marianne van Hoeven
'The Rescue of the Rainclouds' by Margery Allingham
'The Apothecary': a dramatic monologue by Margery Allingham
'"My Brain is Young; I still have strength": Margery Allingham's Dido and Aeneas' by Tony Medawar
'A Medal' by Margery Allingham
'The Genesis of Blackkerchief Dick' by B.A.Pike
'Green Corn' by Margery Allingham
'A Family Likeness: the place of Margery Allingham in the pantheon of detective-story writers' by Catherine Aird
'Albert Campion – the Truth' by Roger Johnson
'100 Lines for Albert Campion' by B.A.Pike
'The Inimitable Lugg' by Geraldine Perriam
'I Should Have Listened to Mother' by Catherine Cooke
'Classifying Amanda: female and femininity in the pre-war writing of Margery Allingham' by Marianne van Hoeven
'The Real Miss 1938' by Frank Swinnerton
'For Better or for Worse: a Sociologist and Crime-writer's View of Sweet Danger' by Michelle Spring
'Maxwell March' by B.A.Pike
'Re X Deceased' by Margery Allingham
'The Man from the Shadows' or 'The Man Who Died' by Margery Allingham
'Undertakers at the Funeral' by Nicholas Fuller
'Lafcadio: the Painter and Posterity' by John Sweetman
'Campion finds the Circus' by Shirley Purves
'Dancers in Mourning: From Page to Screen' by Susan Rowland
'Fashions in Shrouds: Fashions in Forensic Pathology' by Stephen Leadbeatter
'Short and Sweet' by Martin Edwards
'The Public Spirit of Francis Smith' by Margery Allingham
'Six Against the Yard and 'It didn't work out'' by B.A.Pike
'A Proper Mystery' by Margery Allingham
'A New Sort of Web' by Amanda Whytenor
CHAPTER 8: MARGERY'S WAR 1939 - 1945
'"A fine sturdy piece of work": Margery Allingham reviewing for Time and Tide 1938-1944' by Julia Jones.
'Black Plumes: the 'forgotten' novel' by Susan Peters
'A Corner in Crime' by Margery Allingham
'Remembering Marge' by Oriel Malet
'The Permutations of James: some notes on Margery's Victorian ancestors' by Julia Jones
'Margery Allingham: an appreciation' by H.R.F. Keating
'Memories of Auntie Margery and Uncle Pip' by Guy M. Wilson
'Naming Names and Playing Games' by Jennifer Schofield
Margery and Lavinia: a letter from Edward Davis
'Margery Allingham's London' by Richard Cheffins
'From Albert to Albertine' by Jessica Mann
'Margery Allingham' by Natasha Cooper
'My Characters' by Margery Allingham
'Brief Encounter' by Margaret Yorke
'London my Market Town' by Margery Allingham
'In the Eye of the Beholder: Quirky Museums of Margery Allingham' by B.J. Rahn
'Margery Allingham: a centennial appreciation' by Robert Barnard
'The Relay (1964): Margery Allingham on Ageing' by Margaret Kinsman
'Re-visiting Campion Country' by June Thomson


(* indicates a member of the Margery Allingham Society)

*Catherine Aird
Catherine Aird served as Chairman of the Crime Writers Association from 1990-91. In 1966 she launched the distinguished career of Inspector C.D.Sloan in The Religious Body and she has since written a further 18 crime novels all set in her fictitious county of Calleshire She has also written a son et lumière and a number of parish histories and, in recognition of her work, she was awarded an Hon M.A. from the University of Kent. She received the M.B.E. for her services to the Girl Guide Association.
*Robert Barnard
Robert Barnard was born in Essex and educated at Balliol. Before turning to crime writing he was a university teacher. Since Death of an Old Goat in 1974 he has written nearly forty crime novels, including a pseudonymous series as by Bernard Bastable. In 2003 he won the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing. He has published critical works on Dickens and Agatha Christie; and he is President of the Bronte Society.
*Richard Cheffins
Richard Cheffins is by profession a librarian (now retired) and by academic training an historian with a special interest in local history and topography. He came late to the work of Margery Allingham, and 'back to front', being introduced first to her last novel, Cargo of Eagles, by a friend who noticed a reference in it to a 'Richard Cheffins'.
*Catherine Cooke
Catherine studied French, German and Librarianship at London University. She is now working for Westminster Libraries where she has responsibility for the Sherlock Holmes Collection. A member of several literary societies relating to detective fiction, including the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and the Baker Street Irregulars of New York, Catherine is a regular contributor to Sherlockian journals around the world.
*Natasha Cooper
An ex-publisher, and past Chair of the Crime Writers Association, Natasha lives in London where she sets most of her novels. In addition to the novels written under her own name and as 'Clare Layton', Natasha writes for several newspapers and journals including Crime Time and the Times Literary Supplement. She also contributes regularly to radio programmes. As a member of 'The Unusual Suspects' group she speaks at many crime writing conferences here and in America.
Martin Edwards
Martin Edwards was born in Cheshire and educated locally and at Balliol College, Oxford. His first novel All the Lonely People introduced a new detective, Harry Devlin, and was nominated for the John Creasey Memorial Award for the best first crime novel of 1991. Since then Harry Devlin has returned in five other novels. Martin has published many short stories and articles, edited crime fiction anthologies and written six non-fiction legal books. He is head of employment law at the Liverpool and Manchester solicitors, Mace & Jones.
Nicholas Fuller
Nicholas is an Australian citizen born in Canberra, where he is currently studying for a B.A. in Arts at the Australian National University. Nicholas' chief interests are detective fiction and Imperial Roman history. He is now editing a collection of Gladys Mitchell short stories for Crippen and Landru.
*Roger Johnson
Roger is in the long process of writing a commentary on the entire Campion saga. Author, actor and librarian, he has lived most of his life on the edge of Margery Allingham's Essex.
*Julia Jones
Formerly Julia Thorogood, Julia is the author of the standard life of Margery Allingham. She has been a bookseller and a publisher (of, among others, a re-issue of The Oaken Heart) and is currently researching the life and times of Margery's father, Herbert Allingham.
Harry Keating
H.R.F.Keating was the crime books reviewer of The Times for fifteen years. He has served as Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors, and in 1987 was elected President of the Detection Club. He has written numerous novels as well as non-fiction, but is most famous for the Inspector Ghote series, the first of which ,The Perfect Murder, was made into a film by Merchant Ivory and won a CWA Gold Dagger Award. In 1996 he was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
*Margaret Kinsman
Margaret Kinsman is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at London South Bank University. Crime fiction is one of her teaching, writing and research interests. She has contributed biographical and critical essays on crime writers and crime fiction to a range of publications. She has given papers and chaired panels on crime fiction at international conferences such as Bouchercon and Malice Domestic.
Stephen Leadbeatter
Stephen Leadbeatter is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Pathology in the University of Wales College of Medicine at Cardiff. He edited and contributed to a slim volume Limitations of Expert Evidence in 1996 and wrote the entry 'Forensic Pathologist' for The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing which appeared in 1999.
Oriel Malet
Oriel Malet has lived for many years in France. She was the god-daughter of the great French comedienne, Yvonne Arnaud, of whom she has written a memoir, Marraine. She published her first novel, Trust in the Springtime in 1943 and her last, The Horses of the Sun, in 1959.
Jessica Mann
Jessica Mann was born in London, studied archaeology and Anglo-Saxon at Newnham College, Cambridge and law at Leicester. Her first book was published in 1971 since when she has written a further eighteen crime novels. Six of them featuring the archeologist Tamara Hoyland. Her study of women crime writers Deadlier Than The Male (1981) is a standard work in the field. She is also a broadcaster and a journalist. Recently she has been working on a non-fiction book about the overseas evacuation of children during World War 2.
*Tony Medawar
Tony Medawar has written widely on the Golden Age under various pen-names. Under his own name he edited the most recent collection of stories by Agatha Christie and is working on a new collection of her previously unpublished stories. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife, two children and many many books.
*Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky was brought up in rural Kansas and after a variety of jobs ranging from dishwashing to marketing she now lives in Chicago with a University Chicago physicist and writes full time She is a founder and past President of Sisters in Crime, an advocacy group for women in the thriller field. Sara is the author of several V.I.Warshawski novels. She is the recipient of several literary awards and in 2002 won the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement
*Geraldine Perriam
Geraldine is an ex-teacher and librarian with an MA from Monash University, Melbourne, now living in Scotland. She was brought up by her mother and grandmother on a diet of Dorothy L.Sayers, Margery Allingham, Christie and Tey. She is also interested in a variety of women (non-crime) writers from the Golden Age period and reviews both print and audio books for the Historical Novel Society. She is passionate about hens.
*Susan Peters
Susan Peters has an MS in Library Science and an MA in Literature. After working for 25 years in public and academic libraries her career took a shift to academic administration when she moved to Texas. She is an avid reader of detective fiction and is pleased to see this volume devoted to Margery Allingham and her work.
*B.A. Pike
B.A. Pike is a founder member and currently Chairman of the Margery Allingham Society. He published a study of the Campion novels, Campion's Career, in 1987 and has since collaborated on three further books about crime fiction. He organised the programme for the 1990 Bouchercon in London.
*Shirley Purves
Shirley came to detective fiction very young, first with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works. Living in Suffolk, she lapped up Margery Allingham, then Dorothy L.Sayers and Agatha Christie. Her main interest is identifying locations and backgrounds of those authors' stories – London and elsewhere. Since moving to Devon in 1972 she has enjoyed the enigmas of Sherlock's Dartmoor. She was Chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London from 1979 to 1982, and is a founder member of the Poor Folk Upon the Moors in the West Country.
*B.J. Rahn
B.J. Rahn is a professor in the English Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has been teaching, researching, and writing about crime fiction for the past two decades. She has contributed to many reference works in the field such as MacGill's Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, The St. James' Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers and Scribner's Mystery and Suspense Writers. In 1995 she edited a collection of essays celebrating the centenary of Ngaio Marsh.
*Susan Rowland
Susan is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Greenwich. She has written on C.G.Jung and Literary Theory and published studies of the work of Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood among others. Her book on the four 'queens of crime' From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell (2001) includes, of course, Margery Allingham
*Jennifer Schofield
After reading English at Girton College, Cambridge where she gained MA (Hons.), Jennifer was the Headmistress of two schools in the Girls' Day School Trust. She is currently Chairman of the European-Atlantic Movement. She is also the co-author of the biography of Capt. W.E. Johns (1981), and editor of the bi-annual magazine Biggles Flies Again.
*Michelle Spring
Michelle Spring is Canadian by birth, British by marriage and residence, a social scientist by training, and a writer by choice. Her five novels featuring Laura Principal, the Cambridge-based private investigator, are published by Orion in the U.K., and are available in American, Canadian, French, German, Finnish and Dutch editions. In the Midnight Hour, the story of a missing child who apparently returns, was awarded the Arthur Ellis Prize as Best Novel of the Year by the Crime Writers of Canada.
*John Sweetman
John Sweetman was, until his retirement, Reader in the History of Art at the University of Southampton. He became Curator of the Print Room at Leeds City Art Galleries and Keeper of Temple Newsam House where he specialised in Chinese ceramics. He was editor of Oriental Art and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Many of his publications focus on Orientalism in the West – including The Oriental Obsession (1988).
Frank Swinnerton
Frank Swinnerton was a leading figure in the literary world of his time, distinguished as a novelist, critic, essayist and reviewer. He published many books in his long life, the first – the novel The Merry Heart – appearing in 1909, and the last - Arnold Bennett: a last word – in 1978, when he was 94. He was in his 99th year when he died.
*Andrew Taylor
Andrew is the award-winning author of over twenty books, mainly crime novels and thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1981 he worked as a teacher, librarian, labourer and free-lance publisher's editor. His novels include the Dougal and Lydmouth crime series and the Roth Trilogy. The third novel in the trilogy won the Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger. His first novel won the John Creasey Award and he has been twice winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger. He reviews and writes about crime fiction, particularly in the Independent and is a member of the 'Unusual Suspects' group and 'Mystery Women'.
*June Thomson
June Thomson, who has strong family ties with Essex and was educated at Chelmsford High School, has written 19 crime novels featuring her series detective, Chief Inspector Jack Finch, all of which are set in Essex. More recently she has written collections of 'Sherlock Holmes' short stories, the fourth of which will be published in April 2004. In addition she has published a biography of Holmes and Watson for which she won a special Sherlock prize, awarded by the Sherlock Holmes magazine.
*Marianne van Hoeven
Marianne is a former librarian and Fellow of the Library Association with an MA in Literature and a special interest in Victorian hymnody. She has a longstanding enthusiasm for the novel of the interwar years and crime fiction in particular. As Secretary of the Margery Allingham Society her life has been taken over by the writer.
Amanda Whytenor
The late Amanda Whytenor was introduced to the work of Margery Allingham when very young. She read The White Cottage Mystery and, lacking the confidence to write a detective story herself, she spent her life dissecting the efforts of others. She lived in Hampstead with her cats and long-suffering partner, the writer Raymond Wheatan.
Guy M. Wilson
Guy Wilson was born in Essex and educated at New College, Oxford and Manchester University. In childhood his family had the good fortune to be befriended by Margery Allingham and her husband of whom he retains appreciative memories. He joined the staff of the Royal Armouries in 1972 becoming Keeper of Edged Weapons in 1978, Deputy Master in 1981 and Master from 1988 to 2002. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1992, has written extensively on his subject and now, in retirement, is used as a consultant in weaponry at home and overseas.
Margaret Yorke
Margaret Yorke is a prolific novelist whose first novel was published in 1957. After eleven 'problem' novels she turned to crime in 1970 with the first of her 'Patrick Grant' detective novels, Dead in the Morning. She has since come to specialise in novels of psychological suspense, achieving a distinguished reputation which gained her the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award in 1999.

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