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Beth, Jo, the Cringe and Me

I’D NEVER EVEN heard of Josephine Tey until four years ago. Which, when you stop to think about it, is pretty weird. Not only is she accepted as the inheritor of the ‘Golden Age’ crime writers, ranking alongside the ‘Big Four’ of Christie, Sayers, Allingham and Marsh, but as Gordon Daviot, she wrote the nowforgotten Richard of Bordeaux which launched John Gielgud’s career. Oh, and she also wrote for Hollywood. All while living a mundanely private life as Elizabeth ‘Beth’ MacKintosh in 1930’s Inverness.

And it’s that last one there that got me. What, she came from Inverness, where I went to school? More than that, she actually attended the same secondary school. Why hadn’t I heard about her in any of our English lessons? Why wasn’t there a plaque or something to record her achievements for posterity?

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