Publish and Be Murdered (Collins cime)

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9780002325981: Publish and Be Murdered (Collins cime)

She’s filleted the Foreign Office, clobbered the Cambridge colleges, jeered at the gentlemen’s clubs, burlesqued the bishops – now Ruth Dudley Edwards pillories the publishing world.

Living with Rachel and contemplating marriage, Robert Amiss feels settled at last. He even has a proper job, making sure that The Wrangler – a right-wing, 200-year-old English magazine of economics, politics and letters – actually comes out every week despite the hopeless inefficiency of Alistair Bragg, its erratic editor. Yet Amiss is not entirely happy with his lot, for the atmosphere at the paper is poisoned by rampant egocentricity and savage ideological battles. Things are so bad that not even the appointment of Baroness Troutbeck can bring cheer to this troubled office.

When Joe Waldron, the drunken features editor, is found drowned in a bowl of punch, suspicions of foul play are brushed aside by the police. But then Bragg, too, is found dead and Amiss’s friend Chief Superintendent Jim Milton takes charge of the investigation. Is the murderer a monetarist, enraged by the paper’s change of direction? An agent of the newspaper’s proprietor who wants to break the terms of the trust? The deputy editor, desperate to be in the limelight at the paper’s bicentennial celebrations? Or Bragg’s wife, enraged at his dalliance with the tarty receptionist? There is no shortage of motives and, in typical Dudley Edwards style, no shortage of laughs in this riotous farce.

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Acclaim for Ruth Dudley Edwards:

‘Sprightly, saucy and ingenious’
Sunday Times

‘I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport’
London Evening Standard

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She's filleted the civil service, clobbered the Cambridge colleges, satirized gentlemen's clubs, burlesqued the bishops – now Ruth Dudley Edwards mocks the media.

Living with Rachel and contemplating marriage, Amiss feels settled at last. He even has a proper job, managing the 'Wrangler' – a right-wing, 200-year-old English magazine of economics, politics and letters – and stemming the monumental losses incurred through the extravagance and inefficiency of its editor, William Lambie Crump.

Yet Amiss is not entirely happy with his job, for the atmosphere at the paper is poisoned by rampant egocentricity and savage ideological battles. Things are so bad that not even the appointment of Baroness Troutbeck as a columnist seems likely to bring much cheer.

When Henry Potbury, the drunken deputy editor, is found drowned in a bowl of punch, suspicions of foul play are brushed aside by the police. But after another death, Amiss's friend Chief Superintendent Jim Milton takes charge of the investigation, spurred on by relentless chivvying from the baroness. Is the murderer a Conservative, enraged by the paper's switch to New Labour? An ambitious journalist, desperate to break the promotion log jam? Or a wife enraged by her husband's obsession with a tarty correspondent? There is no shortage of motives and, in typical Dudley Edwards style, no shortage of laughs in this riotous farce.

'This blithe series puts itself on the side of the angels by merrily, and staunchly, subverting every tenet of political correctness'
PATRICIA CRAIG, 'Independent'

MATRICIDE AT ST MARTHA'S

'The funniest novel ever written about Oxbridge'
VAL MCDERMID, 'Manchester Evening News'

'Dudley Edwards has written a shocking send-up of the groves and graves of Academe. I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport'
JILL NEVILLE, 'Evening Standard'

'The clever plot takes second place to the ebullience of the writing and spot-on inventiveness of the satire'
MARCEL BERLINS, 'The Times'

MURDER IN A CATHEDRAL

'Ebullient…stylishly written, funny and sometimes touching'
NATATASHA COOPER, 'TLS'

'A wise and witty read'
MICHAEL PAINTER, 'Irish Times'

'Lovely Stuff'
MIKE RIPLEY, 'Daily Telegraph'

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Published by London : HarperCollins (1998)
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