Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Authors Harriet Evans (The Beloved Girls) and Francesca Wade (Square Haunting) join us to celebrate Dorothy L. Sayers’s ‘novel not without detection’ Gaudy Night (1935), perhaps the high point in the classic series of books featuring Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. Sayers was a feminist pioneer and we discuss her intellectual life and brilliant and unorthodox career. Also in this episode, John dips into The Art of the Glimpse (Head of Zeus), an anthology of Irish short stories edited by Sinéad Gleeson, and reads something short and magical by Dermot Healy; and Andy recommends Tessa Hadley’s new book Free Love (Jonathan Cape) in these terms: “Imagine Elizabeth Taylor had written a novel inspired by Richard Thompson’s Beeswing.” For more information visit Please support us and unlock bonus material at

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