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Too busy writing to go and play?
on 1 May 2009
Don't know why it has the title The Adventures of Margery Allingham as she had few 'adventures' during her life mainly spent at home in Suffolk/Essex. She never ventured abroad like Agatha Christie who spent time Mesopotamia. Though Margery is much the better writer and probably her best book is 'Tiger in the Smoke' a classic, clever. occult novel.
However, her life story is mundane it discloses her thyroid problem, and subsequent over-weight, which went unrecognised and untreated for too long. Sad she never had any children, although her husband and close friends relied on her to be the grown-up, responsible one in their 'family' - she referred to them as 'the kids' in her diaries.
I've always enjoyed reading Margery Allingham as she writes so well which is no surprise really, coming as she does from a family of writers - mother, father, aunt, grandparents. This biography will be found interesting by all aspiring writers and fans of Margery A.