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Crime writing and food: a classic combo It is well-known that detectives have healthy appetites. Of course, this is particularly true amongst European detectives, from Hercule Poirot and Inspector Maigret to Salvo Montalbano and Pepe Carvalho. But Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, or Philip Marlow, to name a few, are also connoisseurs of fine food. There are even some crime fiction novels that come complete with recipes, menus and food commentaries, such as The Debt to
The ancestor of crime and detective novels The Woman in White, written in 1859 by Wilkie Collins, was a hugely successful novel. It first appeared in a serial form in the All the Year Round, a British weekly literary magazine founded and owned by Charles Dickens, Collins’ friend, boss, and mentor. The serial’s success was such that it became a dinner-table topic and that bets were struck as to the outcome of the story. A
Why I read O Jerusalem!, in Jerusalem It was in early 2001 that I left my life in the Australian suburbs behind me to live in Israel for one year. At the time, I was in between a lot of things. But mostly between closing my business and planning to open a new one. In a fortunate series of events, my wife had accepted an assignment to work in Israel, and with me having time
James Clavell was the master of historical fiction The author James Clavell was born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell in Sydney, Australia in 1921. He was the son of Commander Richard Charles Clavell, a British Royal Navy officer who was serving in Australia from 1920 to 1922. Although born in Australia, Clavell was a British national but in 1963 became a naturalised citizen of the United States. He was a novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II