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Publisher's Summary

'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be? With real brilliance she conducts her search in the form of a crime novel, and her investigator is none other than her famous detective, Inspector Alan Grant, who starts to examine the centuries-old scandal.

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History without Tears

It is the rare writer that can maintain the reader’s interest when the setting of the entire novel is a single hospital room, and when the subject matter is a research into, and an analysis of, historical data. But that is exactly what Josephine Tey has done. And the competent and clear reading of the text adds a further attractive dimension to it: it is Derek Jacobi doing what he does so very well. Having read the book decades ago, what a pleasure it has been to be able to listen to it now.

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Richard III revisited

As a fan of Richard III, I was intrigued by this take on an old tale. Derek Jacobi is an awesome narrator and I would probably have chosen this book for him alone but The Daughter of Time was recommended by another reader and I wasn't disappointed. However, I still think Margaret Beaufort was The likeliest candidate for the murders of the princes in the tower. It's nice that some are willing to look past the history books and Tudor propaganda.

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A disappointment, not what I expected

Would you try another book written by Josephine Tey or narrated by Derek Jacobi?

I enjoyed the narration by Derek, but the story had way too many facts rather than fiction, i think i was expecting time travel to be involved and it wasn't that type of story at all.

What will your next listen be?

Finding Fraser

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All much of a muchness, main character, policeman, lying in bed with an injury, delving into the history of Richard the third through history books and with the help of a younger man who is doing research for him.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Daughter of Time?

I kept on with it as some of it was interesting as far as history goes but found it overall boring. I prefer to read a good fictional story that includes real history throughout, this was just one step above a history book, yawn.

Any additional comments?

Would probably be an interesting read for history students on Richard third and that time, a bit better than reading an actual history book!

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  • 06-05-2012

This is a classic - for good reason!

If you could sum up The Daughter of Time in three words, what would they be?

This is the classic armchair mystery. The primary sleuth, Inspector Grant, is in hospital and looking for something to keep himself amused. In desperation, he turns to historical mysteries and becomes fascinated with the story of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower. Since he can't do his own research, he relies on a young American researcher to do his investigating for him. What could be a story of boring, second-hand historical research is, in fact, quite interesting to anyone who has studied history in school and has wondered how "they" decided what was historically correct. It makes one ask - does what is written in the history books actually make any sense when considering human nature?

What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator, Derek Jacobi, is a joy to listen to. He uses subtle differences in accent and tone that make it easy to distinguish the "voices" of the characters, which makes it much more interesting for the listener.

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  • Delphine
  • 25-01-2015

Best Detective Novel ever

In 1990, the Crime Writers Association declared this the best detective novel ever. This may be true, it is one of my favorite ever, and Derek Jacobi's performance is amazing.

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  • Karen
  • 23-12-2013

The book that inspired the Richard III Society

I loved this very special detective novel. Having been brought up on the Tudors perspective of Richard III, Josephine Tey made me question my long held convictions. She weaves a very convincing case for the innocence of Richard III's involvement in the disappearance of the 'Princes in the Tower' as well as other long held beliefs. Even though the jury is still out for me, I am much better informed and from now on will keep an open mind. The unfolding of the story is very clever and the narrator did an excellent job.

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  • jagayhere
  • 24-05-2017

Drole, sophisticated, mellifluous

An immense pleasure to have Derek Jacobi in one's ears for this "who didn't do it" tale of how to keep yourself occupied while recovering in hospital.