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After Agatha

Women Write Crime

Sally Cline



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Old Castle
01 April 2022
From Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith to Val McDermid and JK Rowling, After Agatha is an indispensable guide to women's crime writing over the last century and an exploration of why women read crime Spanning the 1930s to present day, After Agatha charts the explosion in women's crime writing and examines key developments on both sides of the Atlantic: from the women writers at the helm of the UK Golden Age and their American and Canadian counterparts fighting to be heard, to the 1980s experimental trio, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton, who created the first female PIs, and the more recent emergence of forensic crime writing and domestic noir thrillers such as Gone Girl and Apple Tree Yard.

After Agatha examines the diversification of crime writing and highlights landmark women's novels which featured the marginalised in society as centralised characters. Cline also explores why women readers are drawn to the genre and seek out justice in crime fiction, in a world where violent crimes against women rarely have such resolution.

The book includes interviews with dozens of contemporary authors such as Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs and features the work of hundreds of women crime and mystery writers. It is an essential read for crime fiction lovers.

Praise for Sally Cline:

'Impressively researched and imaginatively written' - Sunday Times

'Cline gives depth and a dark edge to the familiar story of the Fitzgeralds that began stylishly in hope and ended in despair' - Times

'Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education' - William Boyd

'Her biography is enjoyable and even gripping' - Sunday Telegraph

'Cline's clear-headed and careful study should make clear that [the Fitzgeralds'] relationship can no longer be regarded as a great love story ... [and] demonstrates the terrible danger of such romantic fairytales' - Guardian

'For anyone who has ever read a biography or memoir, or thought of writing one - this book of advice from the best writers in the UK is an instant classic' - Elaine Showalter
Imprint:   Old Castle
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780857302328
ISBN 10:   0857302329
Pages:   256
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sally Cline is an award-winning biographer and fiction writer. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and former Advisory Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund as well as a Hawthornden Fellow. After Agatha: The Explosion in Women's Crime Writing is her fourteenth book. She has written ten non-fiction titles, one biographical novel Lily and Max (Golden Books) and one book of short stories, One of Us is Lying (Golden Books). Her biography Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John (John Murray, UK) is now a classic, and was shortlisted for the LAMBDA Prize. Her study Lifting the Taboo: Women, Death and Dying (Little, Brown, UK) won the Arts Council Prize for Non-Fiction. Her ground-breaking biography Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise (John Murray, UK) and Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age's High Priestess (Arcade, NY, US) was a bestseller in both the UK and the US and preceded her landmark biography Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery(Arcade NY, US) She is the co-series Editor for Bloomsbury's nine-volume Writers' and Artists' Companions in Writing, for which she has co-authored two titles: Literary Non-Fiction (with Midge Gillies) and Life Writing: Writing Biography, Autobiography and Memoir (with Carole Angier). She was 2013 Judge for the HW Fisher Prize for First Published Biographies. She is Consulting Editor for the International Literary Quarterly and writes and records podcasts for the Royal Literary Fund. Her short stories for print and radio have won prizes from the BBC and Raconteur. She has also won a Hosking Houses Trust Fellowship for Women Writers over forty. Formerly Director of the Royal Literary Fund Mentoring Scheme, mentor for the Arts Council Escalator programme, judge and mentor for the prestigious Gold Dust Mentoring Scheme, she has also taught social science and politics at Cambridge University. She was on City University London's Creative Writing Programme, was Writer in Residence and mentor for the MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and has run Creative Writing Workshops for the Guardian Masterclasses at Stratford on Avon. She holds degrees and masters from Durham University (English and Philosophy) and Lancaster University (Sociology and Politics) and has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in International Writing. She lives and writes in Cornwall and Cambridge.

Reviews for After Agatha: Women Write Crime

Praise for Sally Cline's previous works: Wrapped up in a thorough biography, a strong case for why the unfortunate Zelda Fitzgerald should be remembered as an artist foremost, not merely as a victim of mental illness. (Kirkus Reviews) on Zelda Fitzgerald Cline imbues her scenes with revelatory detail. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) on Zelda Fitzgerald Sally Cline succeeds in breathing fresh life into this jazz-age icon in her meticulously documented and eminently readable biography. (The Washington Post Book World) on Zelda Fitzgerald Man of Mystery delivers the goods on Hammett. . . . An entertaining and informative read. --Library Journalon Dashiell Hammett In Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery, Cline brilliantly captures the life and times of this often private, enigmatic, and talented man. . . . Five out of five stars for her first-rate, well-researched, and compelling biography on Dashiell Hammett. It is a gem of a book, very entertaining, and it belongs in the library of all lovers of American literature. --Baltimore Post-Examineron Dashiell Hammett Apart from its valuable contribution to the study of lesbian literature per se, this biography dramatizes through Hall's life the complex and still often surprising sexual politics of the early century. --Kirkus Reviews on Radclyffe Hall

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