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Interview: Baroness James, detective novelist

I was setting out to be a good serious novelist, and I thought detec­tive fiction would be a wonder­ful apprenticeship. It’s quite difficult to write a detective story well. I’d read them as an adolescent — Dor­othy L. Sayers and Margery Alling­ham more than Agatha Christie — and I thought I could do it. It’s a popular form, and I thought they would be acceptable to a publisher.

I love structure in a novel. For that reason ...

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A lantern unto their feet

A lantern unto their feet

The words and, sometimes, the very presence of the Bible were a source of comfort and inspiration during the First World War  Subscribe to read more

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Why the worry about ministering together?

Some clergy are too fearful of collaborative ways of working, says Brian Cranwell   Subscribe to read more

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