Author of the Month: Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers came up with her most famous character, the aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, in the bath, a few blocks from the bookshop – in her rooms in 44 Mecklenburgh Square. (A surprising number of fictional detectives were invented in the bath: as well as Wimsey, Jonathan Creek and Gervase Fen, for starters. Inspector Morse was devised during a thunderstorm.) Sayers’ knack for characterisation and setting breathed new life into the stale formulae of the 1920s detective story; her books have never gone out of print. She worked in an advertising agency, inventing the Guinness Toucan and the slogan ‘Guinness Is Good For You’; she considered her own most lasting achievement to be her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy into rhymed terza rima. She died, in entirely unsuspicious circumstances, in 1957.

The Divine Comedy 1: Hell

Dante Alighieri, edited by Dorothy L. Sayers, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Guided by the poet Virgil, the author plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. Together they descend through the nine circles of the ...

The Documents in the Case

Dorothy L. Sayers

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An epistolary crime novel from the creator of the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L Sayers: in this thrilling murder story she tells her story instead through the letters ...

The Divine Comedy 2: Purgatory

Dante Alighieri, edited by Dorothy L. Sayers, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Beginning with Dante’s liberation from Hell, ‘Purgatory’ relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory – a mountain of nine levels, formed from ...

The Divine Comedy 3: Paradise

Dante Alighieri, edited by Dorothy L. Sayers, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds

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Having climbed the Mount of Purgatory, Dante ascends to Heaven, continuing his soul’s search for God guided by his beloved, Beatrice. As he progresses through the spheres ...