In Bertolt Brecht's play Life of Galileo, Galileo says "Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority". This certainly proved to be the case for Galileo, and is the basis for Tey's thesis in this brilliant and original detective story.
Scotland yard Inspector Alan Grant is laid up in hospital and is bored witless. He happens upon a portrait of Richard III, and is convinced that the face could not be that of a murderer as conventional history asserts.
So he sets out to prove it. In a fascinating review of the history, Tey manages to maintain tension and interest in an investigation run from a hospital bed and to deliver a satisfying finale, irrespective of the truth of the matter.
The book remains a benchmark for historical fiction. Alan Grant features is a number of other novels by Josephine Tey, and they are well worth the read. But this one is her best.
As reviewed by Chris Bilkey in the May 2010 Booktopia Crime Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains u a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Princes in the Tower.
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Comments about The Daughter Of Time:
I purchased this book shortly after the remains of Richard III were discovered and identified recently. It was written quite a long time ago and the style is a bit dated, however it presents an interesting and thought provoking alternate view regarding the much maligned king, his so called malevolence, and the fate of the young princes in the tower. It has given me a new perspective on just how much trust we should place in historical 'fact'.
"Most people will find The Daughter Of Time as interesting and enjoyable a book as they will meet in a month of Sundays" Observer "A detective story with a very considerable difference. Ingenious, stimulating and very enjoyable" Sunday Times "Josephine Tey has always been absolutely reliable in producing original and mysterious plots with interesting characters and unguessable endings" Spectator
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: October 2009
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.0 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.16