Sunday , May 26 2024
I'm a Dorothy L Sayers fan, so when Sharon on Early Modern Notes mentioned a new Harriet Vane novel, I was on Amazon in a flash.

Literary resurrection

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a Dorothy L Sayers fan, so when I learnt of a new Harriet Vane novel, I was on Amazon in a flash. It turns out that Thrones, Dominations is a fragment written by Sayers in 1936 and worked up by a modern writer, Jill Paton Walsh.

Now I know: this is unPC, it is not really a Sayers, dead writers should be allowed to rest in peace etc, etc … but Harriet Vane, and Lord Peter Wimsey, are two “people” you just want to spend more time with.

So does it work? Well I’m almost sorry to admit that it does.

The book starts a bit slowly, and is rather too overtly “psychological” in places, but it has settled down well by the middle section. And the end is Peter’s mother, the Duchess, writing in her diary in a way that I find greatly endearing.

For those who like “closure”, it also completes the story by telling of the couple’s Second World War and after.

This is apparently carried in the next book, produced in the same way, A Presumption of Death.

Even if slightly guiltily, I guess I’ll have to buy that too.

About Natalie Bennett

Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

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