Author – Josephine Tey
Josephine Tey is a pen name used by Elizabeth Mackintosh (1896-1952). She also wrote under the name Gordon Daviot. The Daughter of Time is the fifth book of her Inspector Grant series. In 1990 this was voted by the British Crime Writers Association as the number one mystery novel of all time. Her second book, A Shilling for Candles was used as a basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Young and Innocent.
All royalties from her books go to The National Trust.
Publisher – Arrow Books 2009
Pages – 222
The Blurb – Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains – a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brothers children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne?
This book was recommended to me by Sara Read, an author and university lecturer. Find her on Twitter @saralread
‘Truth is the daughter of time’
My thoughts – History and mystery, I loved this book. It took me hardly anytime to read, I was so engrossed in it. I’ve never read anything by Josephine Tey before, but will definitely be adding the rest of her titles to my tbr pile.
The book starts with the Inspector being laid up in hospital following a broken leg. His boredom leads to his friend bringing him some mysteries to solve. Amongst these is a picture of Richard III. Alan Grant can not associate the picture with the image that history has portrayed of him. With help from the nurses and Brent Carradine, an American student, he embarks on an historical journey in which he deduces that Richard has been unfairly demonised for all these years.
This book is written as fiction but leaves you with lots of questions. There is a lot of detailed research in the book and references to other books and literature. I am presuming that the author actually did all this herself and this lead to her character’s conclusions. One of the books mentioned is The Rose Of Raby by Evelyn Payne-Ellis, after finishing the book I did a little of my own research and there is a book called this but not by the author mentioned.
I really can not recommend this highly enough and I am so glad that Sarah mentioned it. It certainly gives history a different slant. It leaves you wondering whether everything you have been taught is actually true.
There is obviously a renewed interest in Richard III since his remains were found buried in a car park. he was laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral on 26th March 2015.
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