Gaudy Night

By Dorothy L. Sayers; Ian Carmichael (Performed by)
(Audiogo, Compact Disc, Abridged, 9780563494096, 2pp.)

Publication Date: April 2014

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This full-cast audio dramatization of Gaudy Night was specially recorded for BBC Radio. When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the 'Gaudy,' the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obsentities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters—including one that says, "Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup." Some of the notes threaten murder; all are perfectly ghastly; yet in spite of their scurrilous nature, all are perfectly worded. And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection—and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.




About the Author
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957) compte parmi les reines incontestees de l'age d'or du roman policier anglais. Apres de brillantes etudes a Oxford, elle sejourne en France comme professeur d'anglais. De retour a Londres, elle travaille dans une agence de publicite, puis s'interesse aux mouvements socialistes qui faconnent la societe anglaise de l'Entre-deux-guerres avant de publier en 1923 son premier roman, Lord Peter et l'inconnu, mettant en scene l'aristocratique detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Elle apporte un ton humoristique au traditionnel roman d'enigme, quelques traits aceres contre la societe bien-pensante de l'epoque, et affuble son heros d'une vie sentimentale. A partir de 1940, elle se consacre a sa passion, la litterature medievale.

Ian Carmichael (1920 2010) appeared in a vast number of television productions, including "The Importance of Being Earnest" and the outstandingly successful "The World of Wooster" series for BBC TV. He portrayed Lord Peter Wimsey in several series for television and starred in two seasons of "Strathblair". His film appearances included "Lucky Jim", "The Lady Vanishes", and "Heaven s Above".
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