Today was due to have been the sixth (sixth!) Bodies from the Library conference at the British Library but, for obvious reasons, it’s not. I can’t, alas, give you a whole day of GAD-based discussion, but I can at least fill an hour with someone from that line-up of exceptionally knowledgable people, Tony Medawar.
Perhaps best-known for his exemplary work in ferreting out and anthologising otherwise-forgotten short stories by luminaries of crime fiction — having edited collections of works by, among others, Anthony Berkeley, Christianna Brand, John Dickson Carr, Agatha Christie, and Ruth Rendell — Tony has in recent years extended into multi-author anthologies with the Bodies from the Library collections. So, with Bodies from the Library 3 due out soon, now is the perfect time to talk about Tony’s work: how he finds the stories, what his favourites are, and what we can expect from any future Bodies from the Library collections, as well as upcoming collections of works by John Dickson Carr and Freeman Wills Crofts.
Away from this, we also covered some of his work with the excellent CADS fanzine, through which he revealed the existence of a previously-unknown nom de plume for John Rhode, and his new role as producer of the International Agatha Christie Festival, including an announcement which I’m sure will be of great interest to pretty much all of you.
Thanks to Tony for his time, to Jonny Berliner for the music, to everyone out there who listens along — and a Happy Independence Day to those of you celebrating in these straitened times. Bodies from the Library 3 is out on 9th July, place your bets now for what colour Bodies from the Library 4 will be when it hits us next summer…
I’m taking Tuesdays in July off, so will see you on Thursday for some Carter Dickson. If you’re wondering how you’ll cope until then, allow me to remind you that all episodes of this podcast can be found on the blog here.