From ‘designing for backlist’ and deftly on to this year’s resurgence of golden age crime fiction, the classic crime genre is proving as popular as ever. From The British Library’s Crime Classics, Orion’s e-only The Murder Room imprint to HarperCollins’ revival of the Collins Crime Club – the readership for the golden age detective novel is as hungry as ever – a fact that was highlighted at last month’s Bodies from the Library conference at the British Library. With over 200 in attendance, panels discussing literary greats such as Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers to lesser known authors such as Edmund Crispin and Francis Durbridge, the conference proved that fans of golden age are particularly voracious readers, reading two or more books a week in this genre alone.

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