The Society held its AGM at the University Women’s Club in London followed by lunch to celebrate the joint birthday of Margery and her creation Albert Campion.
Mike Ripley introduced the guest speaker.
Ruth Dudley Edwards compared writing Golden Age detective fiction with writing modern crime thriller fiction. One change she highlighted was the effect of the Clean Air Act which has dramatically improved the air quality in London and reduced the instances of the notorious London fogs with consequent loss of opportunity for villains to disappear apparently without trace when hotly pursued through the smog.
Ruth, as honoured guest speaker, cut the birthday cake which was then enjoyed by all attendees.
The programme of events for 2018 and the first half of 2019 is now published on the Events page of the Society’s website.
20th October 2018. A Celebration of 30 years of the Society and 80 years since the publication of A Fashion in Shrouds. There will be a talk followed by lunch at the Concert Artistes Association, 20 Bedford Street London WC2E
1st December 2018. Winter Lunch. (Venue to be decided but will be central London)
12th to 14th April 2019 A Convention at the Holiday Inn, Colchester, located close to several key sites relating to Margery’s life and works. More details and booking to follow.
To reserve your place at any of these events, please contact Susan Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org
The new Spring Collection from the Folio Society includes a third Margery Allingham title, Hide My Eyes, to add to its earlier publications Traitor’s Purse and The Tiger In The Smoke. Featuring illustrations by Alexandru Savescu, this new edition is on sale for £29.95. For more information go to:
(With thanks to the eagle-eyed member Matthew Scott for spotting it.)
Further to last week’s Special Offer of one of the novels written by Margery under the pseudonym Maxwell March, it seems appropriate to mention that there are three novels now available from Ipso Books which appear under that name. All serialised originally in Answers magazine, the three novels first appeared in the early 1930s. All can be obtained direct from the publishers or through Amazon.
For a strictly limited time, Margery Allingham’s novel The Devil and Her Son, published under the pseudonym Maxwell March, is available to download for just 99p.
Christmas, notoriously, arrives earlier every year. In the case of the Margery Allingham Society it arrived, in the shape of the Society’s Christmas Lunch fully a month ahead of the usual schedule. In spite, or perhaps because, of this being for everyone their first Christmas lunch of the year the novelty had not yet begun to pall and the conversation ranged far and wide.
Topics included an article in this morning’s Daily Mail about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Stag Night that included a photograph which may, or may not, have featured Margery’s husband, Pip Youngman Carter. The Society’s own Barry Pike was consulted but was unable to give a positive identification though he was able to confirm that Pip was present. There was also speculation that a novel, set in Essex in the Middle Ages, published under the name of another, little-read author, may actually have been written by Margery.
The event was thoroughly enjoyable, if only to catch up with friends before the festive season gets into full swing, and was made all the more special when Barry produced a portrait of the young Margery, painted by her uncle, for everyone to admire.
The Guest Speaker at next year’s Birthday Lunch (taking place at the University Women’s Club on May 5, 2018) will be writer and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards.
Ruth’s crime fiction is noted for its satirical tone. Her recent novel, Killing The Emperors, set in the art world, won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award in 2013. Her non-fiction book, Aftermath: the Omagh Bombing and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice, published in 2012, was named the Sunday Times Current Affairs Book of the Year and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award for non-fiction. Ruth is a member of The Detection Club and was one of the co-authors of its recent publication, The Sinking Admiral.
Tickets will go on sale shortly.
If you are looking for the perfect Christmas Present for a Golden Age Detective Fiction fan, or if you are a fan yourself, then you need look no further than the three publications available from the Margery Allingham Society:
Margery Allingham: 100 Years of a Great Mystery Writer
Price £14.99. Special offer price for members £10
A Bottle Street Miscellany
(early Bottle Street Gazette articles from the ‘first series’ and America)
Price £7.50. Special offer price for members £5.00
Magersfontein Lugg: A Celebration
Price £7.50. Special offer price for members £5.00
Postage and packing in addition to cost stated.
To order your copies, contact Carolyn Caughey at: email@example.com
CHRISTMAS LUNCH : Saturday November 25
We will be meeting again at The Albany pub at about 12.00 for lunch at 12.30 or so. As before this is not a set lunch (you can order as much or as little as you like) and we pay separately.
Please let the events secretary Susan Cooper know if you want to come so that we can make the right number of reservations using the following email address:
Barry Pike gave a talk at the Bodies From The Library Conference 2015 in which he described the relationship between Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers and the parallels in their lives and writing careers. You can now, for the first time, see the whole of Barry’s talk online through the Allingham Archive page of the Society’s website. Or you can view it directly through the link below:
Barry Pike at Bodies From The Library 2015