Press Release: To Love and Be Wise

To Love and Be Wise

Jospehine Tey

Illustrated by Mark Smith

‘This disarmingly low-key tale of a mysterious disappearance is the perfect introduction to Tey’s world.’
val mcdermid

The incomparable Inspector Alan Grant returns with the latest addition to Folio’s enormously popular Josephine Tey series. As well as all the usual delights of Tey’s writing and the Inspector himself, To Love and Be Wise also features one of the most cunning and surprising twists of any of Tey’s novels – making it an absolute must-read for any Golden Agecrime aficionado.

Val McDermid, the doyenne of modern crime writing, has described Josephine Tey as ‘the most interesting’ of the queens of Golden Age crime, and with this unusual thriller it’s easy to see why. She takes the familiar ‘village populated with eccentrics’ setting and gives it a delicious twist, while the foundations of Tey’s brilliance – her dry wit and psychological depth – are in particular abundance here as each resident gradually reveals a complex inner life.

Tey had a great love for the theatre and wrote several plays under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot. Her affection for the theatrical community shines through in To Love and Be Wise, and her portraits of artistic figures are both funny and painfully well observed: the egotistical playwright, the temperamental dancer, the easily distracted author of romance novels. Tey reportedly based Salcott St Mary on Finchingfield, the small Essex village where her friend Sir John Gielgud bought a house following the enormous success of Richard of Bordeaux, the play Tey wrote for him and which shot him to stardom.

Mark Smith continues his excellent work on the series, with seven full-page colour illustrations and an exquisitely stylish binding design.

Product information
Bound in blocked buckram. Set in Dante with Station No. 5 as display. 248 pages. Frontispiece and 6 full page colour illustrations. Plain slipcase. 9˝ x 5¾˝.

UK £39.95 US $64.95 Can $65.00 Aus $69.95









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