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Head of a Traveller
  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099565666
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $24.99

Head of a Traveller



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A headless corpse, an irascible poet whose reputation is on the decline and an unhappy family, all make for a classic crime read in the ninth book in the Nigel Strangeways series

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY

Staying with a friend in Oxfordshire, poet turned amateur detective Nigel Strangeways pays a visit to Robert Seaton, a distinguished British poet whom Nigel greatly admires but whose reputation has been on the decline of late. Seaton proves to be an irascible, temperamental man, and his unconventional household, featuring a resentful daughter and mute dwarf servant, simmers with tension.

When a headless corpse is found floating in the river by the Seaton's house just a few weeks later, the poet becomes the prime suspect. But whose body is it?

A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.

  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099565666
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Nicholas Blake

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations.

During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

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Praise for Head of a Traveller

Another grade A detective story

New York Herald Tribune

The Nicholas Blake books are something quite by themselves in English detective fiction

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His plots are ingenious

Times Literary Supplement

A master of detective fiction

Daily Telegraph

Another grade A detective story

New York Herald Tribune

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