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The Sad Variety

The Sad Variety

(1964)
(A book in the Nigel Strangeways series)
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The government's security department have asked private detective Nigel Strangeways to keep a discreet eye on Professor Alfred Wagley, a research scientist who is spending the Christmas holidays in the South-West of England.

But someone else is also very interested in the professor and his work, and when his young daughter is kidnapped, Nigel finds himself in a race to avert a tragedy.

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935.

Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations. During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

March 1974 : UK Hardback
Title: Sad Variety ([Ulverscroft large print series. mystery])
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-85456-174-9 / 978-0-85456-174-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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Paperback Editions

May 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sad Variety
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-09-956562-5 / 978-0-09-956562-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sad Variety (Everyman paperbacks)
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-460-02407-8 / 978-0-460-02407-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman Ltd
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October 1979 : USA Paperback
Title: The Sad Variety
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-06-080495-5 / 978-0-06-080495-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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September 1971 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sad Variety
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-330-02752-2 / 978-0-330-02752-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Sad Variety
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 1-5318-4351-4 / 978-1-5318-4351-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Sad Variety: Nigel Strangeways, Book 15
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

April 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Sad Variety: Nigel Strangeways, Book 15
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Sad Variety
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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