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Between the Covers 08/09/2013

What's really going on in the world of books

A Very British Murder, by Lucy Worsley. BBC Books, £20

In an era of mass literacy but not the total exposure of today, the classic homicide flourished

Crime writer Sophie Hannah is to write the as-yet untitled novel in Christie's style

Whodunnit? New author to bring Agatha Christie's Poirot out of retirement

Hercule Poirot is to test his famous grey cells once again in a “new” Agatha Christie novel – the first featuring the Belgian detective since Christie’s death in 1976.

Invisible Ink: No 178 - The Vanishing Fantastics

What do the following names have in common? Winston Churchill, Raymond Chandler, John Lennon, Muriel Spark, JB Priestley, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Daphne Du Maurier, Noël Coward?

David Suchet played Agatha Christie detective Poirot

David Suchet: Agatha Christie's family warned me not to make Poirot a joke

Poirot star David Suchet has revealed that Agatha Christie's family warned him not to play the Belgian detective as a joke when he was first approached about the role.

DVD review: Love Crime

Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier; sex and murder; swanky Parisian boardrooms and bedrooms. Sounds enticing, doesn't it?

Flynn grew up in Kansas City, Missouri

Gillian Flynn: As a kid I liked being scared, probably because I came from a safe, middle class home

Gillian Flynn used her experience of being laid off after a decade as a journalist to “find a way into” her protagonist Nick, who suffers the same fate in Gone Girl.

Bath Literature Festival: Getting a grip on the Great war

In academic circles now, said Cambridge History professor  Christopher Clark, it’s calculated that you need to have read 25,000 books and articles to really get to grips with the reasons for the first world war.

The Complete Father Brown Stories, By G.K.Chesterton

Mysteries unsolved by a sanctified English gumshoe

Mandarinese dashed our hopes of high drama

Sketch

Album: Grasscut, Unearth (Ninja Tune)

Grasscut push the electropop envelope in intriguing new directions with Unearth, its songs inspired by alliances of people, poetry and places.

Book of a Lifetime: Collected Poems, by Derek Walcott

In 1976, when I was 14, my family migrated to Britain from the Caribbean. We had landed in a cauldron of bitter rhetoric about race and immigration. Unemployment was rising, and a vociferous minority demanded that "coloured" migrants be sent home.

My Policeman By Bethan Roberts

Bethan Roberts's My Policeman was initially billed by its publisher as a novel inspired by E M Forster's relationship with a married constable, Bob Buckingham. Now it appears shorn of any reference to the author of A Passage to India, and it soon becomes clear why. Roberts's account of a polysexual ménage à trois has not simply been transposed to Brighton, but reimagined as a very different story. It is more obviously informed by Peter Wildeblood's Against the Law: the 1955 account of being prosecuted for homosexuality.

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