A visiting friend once said to Margery Allingham: "My dear Marge, although you write crime novels, you do have a dainty drawing room!" "What did she expect?" Margery wondered. "Did she think I would keep a corpse under my sofa?"
This biography was researched in the very room where Margery Allingham worked, and was written with the full co-operation of Margery's sister, her secretary and her housekeeper. It was first published in 1991. Since then, however, new material has becoma available, including a revalationary collection of letters and the startling truth about her husband's relationship with the writer Nancy Spain. Was there a corpse underneath the sofa? The book's new title, new introduction and afterword invite the reader to look again.
The Adventures of Margery Allingham is a new edition of Margery Allingham: a Biography published by William Heinemann Ltd in 1991. Margery Allingham a Biography was very well reviewed but remained available only as a hardback. Click here for a selection of reviewers' comments.
In the US The Adventures of Margery Allingham was reviewed by Jon Breen in Mystery Scene magazine, summer 2009.
This first paperback edition contains new material and some new illustrations. Nicci Gerrard (who, as Nicci French, writes psychological thrillers with her husband Sean French) has contributed a foreword to the new edition. Click here to read Nicci's foreword.
The Adventures of Margery Allingham was Golden Duck's first publication. Printers were Antony Rowe of Chippenham in Wiltshire and the cover design was by Roger Davies. The book was launched on March 2nd 2009 at Foyle's bookshop and sold sufficiently well to warrant a reprint in May 2009.
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The e-edition was published on Kindle 1.2.2013 An epub edition will follow.
The illustrations from the paper editions are included in the electronic versions but not the photographs. These will shortly be available on this site.
Meanwhile here's a blog post to mark the latest edition from the Authors Electric site