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1alaudacorax
Ago 6, 2017, 5:24am

Just discovered this group - and was so sad a group on one of my favourite authors - and a rather underrated one, in my opinion - had become dormant.

Actually I posted because I just wanted to vent - I'm in one of my perennial sulks that nobody seems to want to produce decent hardcover editions of Sayers.

Yes, I know about the Folio Society set, but, (a) I don't like them, and, (b) I'm baffled why they'd include Strong Poison, Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night and leave out Busman's Honeymoon.

Would there really be no demand for a nice hardback set? I don't ask for leatherbound - though I'd love it - just any decent-looking edition to replace my now battered paperbacks and my hardbacks that were pretty old and scruffy when I first bought them - which seems to be the rule for DLS hardbacks - mint or fine copies seem rarer than hen's teeth.

Wanders off, muttering and grumbling ...

2SylviaC
Ago 8, 2017, 10:34pm

There's another Folio Society set that includes Busman's Honeymoon, Whose Body, Five Red Herrings, and Unnatural Death. But I, too, am baffled by their choices. Why not Clouds of Witness, which is important for developing Lord Peter's background? And personally, I prefer The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club to some of the ones that they included in the two sets.

3alaudacorax
Ago 9, 2017, 5:43am

>2 SylviaC:

Now I come to think of it, I've seen that one, too. It looks as if the choices were made by someone who really wasn't interested in DLS.

The thing is, I see new paperbacks in the bookshops often enough that I really can't believe there is no demand for well-designed, individual hardcover editions - DLS obviously continues to sell enough to keep the big chains stocking her (in the UK, at least).

4Lucina1
Sep 17, 2017, 6:59am

There's a hardback omnibus that came out in 1964, containing Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death and The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Called The Lord Peter Omnibus. Nice copies with a dustwrapper seem to be rare and cost a lot of money.

Mine is a shabbyish, unwrappered one but it only cost around £10 and it does mean I have them all in hb.

Yes, I have both the Folio sets and I love them. I am a Folio fan though. Folio have also recently brought out Lord Peter Views the Body, which I also have. But why a volume of the short stories when they still haven't published Clouds of Witness & Bellona? Bit nuts imho.

5lilithcat
Sep 17, 2017, 9:26am

>4 Lucina1:

Folio have also recently brought out Lord Peter Views the Body, which I also have. But why a volume of the short stories when they still haven't published Clouds of Witness & Bellona?

Maybe they can't get permission from the holder of the publication rights?

6Lucina1
Sep 17, 2017, 6:01pm

Mmm - but surely if they have already published 9 of the 11 novels, all I think originally from Gollancz , why would those particular two be a problem?

7lilithcat
Sep 17, 2017, 6:49pm

>6 Lucina1:

Who knows?

8alaudacorax
Sep 19, 2017, 5:15am

Just took my paperback Gaudy Night from the shelf to look up something and a clump of a few dozen pages fell out. Perhaps I should rethink my dislike of the Folio Society editions ...

9lilithcat
Sep 19, 2017, 9:01am

>8 alaudacorax:

I don't even know how many times I've replaced by copy of Gaudy Night (not to mention a few others of hers that I re-read a fair bit). It's partly due to frequent re-reading, but also those lousy Avon paperback bindings. Of course, there's always packing tape.