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.