Crime Classics Weekend

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The British Library’s immensely successful Crime Classics series has become a modern publishing phenomenon

Course dates and times: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January

The popularity of the books, many of them out of print and forgotten for more than half a century, reflects a remarkable resurgence of enthusiasm for traditional British mysteries – the kind that enjoyed huge sales during the ‘Golden Age of Murder’ between the two world wars.

Join us for a special weekend of unexpected twists, turns, murder and mystery, with award-winning crime novelist Martin Edwards. author of The Golden Age of Murder, consultant to the Library’s Crime Classics series and President of the legendary Detection Club. He leads an in-depth exploration of the classic whodunit, its origins and its offshoots. You’ll learn how British crime writing developed, discover its key authors and landmark publications, and analyse what makes them so unputdownable. You’ll also have the opportunity to see rare publications and manuscript material from the Library’s collection with curator Kathryn Johnson, including Arthur Conan Doyle’s manuscript of the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Retired Colourman and John Gielgud’s annotated script for the film Murder on the Orient Express.

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Name: Crime Classics Weekend
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full price: £165.00
Senior 60+: £149.00
Student: £140.00
Registered Unemployed: £140.00
Friend of the BL: £140.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546