Press Release: A Shilling for Candles

A Shilling for Candles


Josephine Tey

Introduced by Laurie R. King
Illustrated by Mark Smith

‘If this is your first time as a guest of Josephine Tey’s
imagination, I guarantee it won’t be your last’

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In A Shilling for Candles, Tey, a famously private person, turns a shrewd eye onto the destructive nature of celebrity. The author’s sympathy for the victim – hounded by the public even beyond death – is conveyed with her characteristic incisive wit.

When the body of a famous actress is found beneath chalk cliffs on the south coast of England, it is initially thought to be a tragic suicide. However, it soon becomes clear that darker motives were afoot, and potential suspects in the death of Christine Clay begin to stack up at a rapid pace. With the likeliest S4C_PR_02culprit already on the run, Inspector Alan Grant must race to find the truth.

This new edition from The Folio Society features 7 full-page colour illustrations by Mark Smith, who won awards for his work on The Singing Sands, the first Alan Grant title in this series.

In her introduction, Agatha award-winning crime writer Laurie R. King discusses Tey’s elegant prose, as sharp and as sly as a knife between the ribs. Noting the author’s double life as a playwright, King observes: ‘Tey’s novels are as concentrated as a play: slim in size, broad in emotion, and more thought-provoking than a sprawling epic.’

Product information

Bound in buckram, blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Dante with Station No. 5 display. 256 pages. Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations. 9″ x 5¾”.

UK £27.95 US $44.95 Can $59.95 Aus $59.95


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