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A historical novel about smugglers set on Mersea Island in the 17th century inspired by a series of seances held by the Allingham family while on holiday on Mersea.

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A historical novel about smugglers set on Mersea Island in the 17th century inspired by a series of seances held by the Allingham family while on holiday on Mersea.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448207022
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/25/2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 950,866
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London.

Allingham wrote steadily through her school days, at first in Colchester and later as a boarder at the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge, where she wrote, produced, and performed in a costume play. After her return to London in 1920 she enrolled at the Regent Street Polytechnic, where she studied drama and speech training in a successful attempt to overcome a childhood stammer.

The Allinghams retained a house on Mersea Island, a few miles from Layer Breton, and here Margery Allingham found the material for her first novel, the adventure story Blackkerchief Dick (1923) which was published when she was nineteen. Two years earlier she had participated in a series of séances, during which messages ostensibly from seventeenth-century pirates and smugglers were received.
The White Cottage Mystery was her first essay in detection, written as a serial for the Daily Express in 1927 and published as a book a year later.


"Like Alice, I try to believe three impossible things before breakfast" -- Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham took to writing naturally, finishing her first novel while still a teenager. But it was with The Crime at Dudley Black, written in 1928, that she made her first significant mark on the crime-writing landscape. Introducing the character of Albert Campion, mild-mannered amateur detective and gentleman, she had given birth to a new style of sleuth: well-rounded, insightful and thoroughly entertaining. "To Albert Campion has fallen the honour of being the first detective to feature in a story which is also by any standard a distinguished novel," commented The Observer.

A prolific writer, she continued to produce books right up until her death in 1966, enjoying huge success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd. (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maxwell March, Margery Allingham Carter, and Margery Allingham Youngman-Carter
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
    1. Date of Death:
      June 30, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Colchester, Essex, England

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