Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin: A Life in Music and Books by David Whittle

By David Whittle

less than his actual identify, Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978) wrote live performance tune and the ratings for nearly 50 function movies, together with the most enduring British comedies of the 20 th century, among them a bunch within the sequence all started by means of health professional in the home and the 1st six keep on movies. less than the pseudonym of Edmund Crispin he loved equivalent good fortune as an writer, writing 9 hugely acclaimed detective novels and a few brief crime tales, in addition to compiling anthologies of technological know-how fiction which helped to extend the profile of the style. an in depth buddy of either Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis, Montgomery did a lot to inspire their paintings. during this first biography of Montgomery, David Whittle attracts on interviews with those that knew the author and composer. those interviews, including in-depth learn, offer nice perception into the improvement of Montgomery as a criminal offense fiction author and as a composer within the ever-demanding international of flicks. throughout the past due Fifties and early '60s those calls for have been to turn out an excessive amount of for Montgomery. Alcoholism mixed with the onset of osteoporosis and a retreat right into a semi-reclusive way of life ended in him writing and composing almost not anything over the past 15 years of his existence. David Whittle examines the explanations for Montgomery's early and speedy decline during this completely researched and engagingly written biography.

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