Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Nipper and Ngaio

I've been thinking of how to introduce a newly published book to the blog without compromising its raison d'etre. The book is The Collected Doug Wright staring Nipper, recently published by Montreal's Drawn & Quarterly which gets my vote for not only the best book published in 2009 on Canadian culture but the best book, fiction or non-fiction published last year. You need to buy and look for the second volume out this year.

The connection I found is Montreal where Doug Wright lived and worked. My blog's subtitle is Canadian paperbacks of the 40s and early 50s. This is not strictly true as paperbacks published in Quebec will rarely be seen - for the good reason that I know virtually nothing about them. But here is one published in 1950 in Montreal by La Revue Moderne in the Collection Petit Format imprint. The author is Ngaio Marsh who had eight books published by Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd. in the White Circle imprint. Four of her "death" books are presented here. The first is 1943, the rest 1944.

White Circle 76

White Circle 113

White Circle 114

White Circle 117

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