Gaudy Night
  • Pages: 576
  • ISBN: 9781473621404
  • Publisher: Hodder
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Introduction: Dame Harriet Walter

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

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The tenth in the series of Dorothy L. Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. The dons of Harriet Vane’s alma mater, the all-female Shrewsbury College, Oxford (based on Sayers’s own Somerville College), have invited her back to attend the annual Gaudy celebrations. However, the mood turns sour when someone begins a series of malicious acts including poison-pen messages, obscene graffiti and wanton vandalism. Harriet asks her old friend Wimsey to investigate.

Reviewed by Michèle Roberts in Slightly Foxed Issue 63.

Hauntings

MICHÉLE ROBERTS

Aged 14, I read Gaudy Night simply as a tantalizing romance masquerading as a thriller. Rereading it now I see it as a ghost story, its form demanded by its subject matter. The ghosts float across the text as metaphors that are not merely decorative, as elements of style, but fundamental to the plot, which has to do, crucially, with language, written and spoken: language stolen, repressed, destroyed . . .

Extract from Slightly Foxed Issue 63, Autumn 2019



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