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These are podcasts about forgotten fiction, for curious readers, and for anyone who likes old books. Sometimes they're stories, sometimes they're not. Most of the authors write in English; and sometimes they don't. But all the books I talk about, I really really like. I hope you will too.
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My name is Kate Macdonald: I'm an English lecturer, and a lifelong browser in second-hand bookshops. I post weekly ten-minute podcasts on a Friday, on the books I really like which I think deserve new readers. You can find out lots more at the Facebook page here, and get these podcasts weekly by subscribing on the iTunes link above.

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One of the most under-rated, and one of the best writers of Golden Age Detection, Josephine Tey, tells us a dark little tale about how Miss Pym's psychology can detect a murder in a gymnasium, in a hothouse single-sex environment, where desperation that the best job goes to the best person causes passions to spill out from the tightly buttoned blouses of perfect English gym teachers. A magnificent, Machiavellian murder in the cleanest surroundings. For those who prefer working on the mat to the high bars.

Direct download: Josephine_Tey_and_Miss_Pym_Disposes.mp3
Category:detective fiction -- posted at: 1:30am CET
Comments[1]

  • I liked your comment about the need for reassuring plots where the criminal was always unmasked by a clever detective, in a post-Great War Britain that had lost so many of its liberal certainties. Also, your podcast came at an opportune moment. I have been racking my brains for a suitable birthday present. The book is now on its way!

    posted by: Colin on 2012-03-12 18:52:38

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