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

By David Whittle

less than his actual identify, Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978) wrote live performance track and the ratings for nearly 50 function movies, together with probably the most enduring British comedies of the 20 th century, among them a host within the sequence began by means of surgeon in the home and the 1st six keep it up movies. lower than the pseudonym of Edmund Crispin he loved equivalent luck as an writer, writing 9 hugely acclaimed detective novels and a few brief crime tales, in addition to compiling anthologies of technological know-how fiction which helped to extend the profile of the style. an in depth pal 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 learn, offer nice perception into the advance of Montgomery as a criminal offense fiction author and as a composer within the ever-demanding global of movies. throughout the past due Nineteen Fifties and early '60s those calls for have been to turn out 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 existence. David Whittle examines the explanations for Montgomery's early and quick decline during this completely researched and engagingly written biography.

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