Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin: A Life in Music and Books by David Whittle

By David Whittle

lower than his genuine identify, Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978) wrote live performance track and the ratings for nearly 50 function motion pictures, together with probably the most enduring British comedies of the 20 th century, among them a bunch within the sequence begun by way of health care professional in the home and the 1st six keep it up movies. lower than the pseudonym of Edmund Crispin he loved equivalent good fortune as an writer, writing 9 hugely acclaimed detective novels and a couple of brief crime tales, in addition to compiling anthologies of technology fiction which helped to extend the profile of the style. an in depth buddy of either Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis, Montgomery did a lot to motivate their paintings. during this first biography of Montgomery, David Whittle attracts on interviews with those who knew the author and composer. those interviews, including in-depth examine, supply nice perception into the improvement of Montgomery as a criminal offense fiction author and as a composer within the ever-demanding international of movies. in the course of the overdue Fifties and early '60s those calls for have been to end up an excessive amount of for Montgomery. Alcoholism mixed with the onset of osteoporosis and a retreat right into a semi-reclusive way of life ended in him writing and composing nearly not anything over the last 15 years of his lifestyles. David Whittle examines the explanations for Montgomery's early and swift decline during this completely researched and engagingly written biography.

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