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J. Storer Clouston: Novelist

Guest post by Erlend Clouston

On March 30, 1928, a letter from crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers slid under the door of a stark stone mansion overhanging Scapa Flow. Sayers, then one the world’s best-known female writers, wished to apologise: she had omitted, in an earlier note, details of the fee due to her northern correspondent for including one of his stories in Sayers’ first anthology of detective mysteries. It was her secretary/husband’s fault, she explained: ‘He tells me that the excitement of sending a letter to Orkney distracted his mind as he is himself an Orcadian.’ …read more >>