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Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime Kindle Edition
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Marsh herself comes over as a private woman with a huge love of the arts, being herself artist, writer, actor and director. She drove the development of New Zealand theatre in the mid 20th century and got a well deserved damehood for both writing and theatre.
This biography draws a lot of information from letters and her own autobiography, together with articles and interviews given by Marsh. In respect of being a good source of information on Marsh, it is fine. However it could have done with a darn good edit, as information is repeated, the order of events is confused with some duplications and some gaps. There is a huge focus on her theatrical productions, with discussion on their merits or otherwise, reviews, thoughts on the production itself. The books are merely described. There seemed to me to be a lot of judgementalism in the author's view of Marsh, speculating constantly about her sexuality and relationships with women. The main evidence for her supposed lesbianism appears to be because she wore mannish outfits. As a six foot rail thin woman these clothes probably suited her!
Still worth a read as a glimpse of this fascinating woman, but I didnt feel that I knew her much better at the end.
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Joanne Drayton writes in such a lucid style, she brings the life of Ngaio Marsh vividly into focus. I am so glad I bought this book, I had read some of Ngaio Marsh's novels and had... Read morePublished 6 months ago by originalisa
This is a very well-researched, well-written biography of the famous detective mystery writer, especially bearing in mind how very secretive Ngaio Marsh was: she regularly,as we... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2010 by Ian Millard