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This is an auction for NGAIO MARSH: A LIFE by Margaret Lewis.

"Marsh (whose first name is pronounced nye-oh) penned more than 30 mystery novels before her death in 1982. Most of them featured series Detective Roderick Alleyn and have theatrical settings, with which Marsh was intimately familiar as a director and producer of plays in her native New Zealand. Biographer of mystery writer Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter: Ellis Peters, Dufour, 1994) and an author of crime fiction herself, Lewis was invited to write this biography by Marsh's estate. This enjoyable book, published in 1991 in the United Kingdom, gives the reader a good feel for Marsh's life while illuminating the ways certain events and circumstances inspired her fiction, as when she incorporated her direction of Macbeth into her mystery LIGHT THICKENS. Considerable detail is also provided regarding her theatrical work."
- Library Journal (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 1991.

276 pages + 16 pages of photographs.

A previous owner's name on the flyleaf. Otherwise, good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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