The Daughter of Time : Inspector Alan Grant

  • by Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • Series: Inspector Alan Grant
  • 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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Tey's thought provoking Daughter of Time

In her last novel published in 1951 Josephine Tey used a story involving her detective character Inspector Alan Grant to present her detailed research into Richard III and the murder of the Princes in the Tower. I first read this in the 70's and it made me realise that what we are told about people and events in history should not always be taken as the truth. With the possible discovery of King Richard's skeleton, I felt it was time to revisit this story through this excellent reading by Derek Jacobi. Truth is the Daughter of Time, as Josephine Tey's compelling narrative allows her readers to discover.
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- jen

A Book to return to ...

What made the experience of listening to The Daughter of Time the most enjoyable?

I first read this as a real paper and print book many years ago, and was fascinated by the mixture of fact, supposition and fiction, which is presented as a detective story. At the time I was swayed to a considerable degree of sympathy with King Richard. With the recent discovery of his remains and popular adaptations of other authors which present a complex picture of the man, this book is very topical. If you enjoy a good detective story, history and excellent writing, this is a great listen as well as a great read.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daughter of Time?

I rarely read a book twice, but this is my third time round for Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time. It has levels of interest which reveal each time.


What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Fact, Fiction, Supposition, all parts of a good detective novel, presented without the guns and chases.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What could Derek Jacobi do wrong?


Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book whether you listen on the train or by the pool.

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- janet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios