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Christianna Brand (1907–1988)

Teoksen Nanny McPhee: The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda tekijä

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About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Christianna Brand (born Mary Christianna Milne) also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.

Image credit: Cut down scan from the back cover of Penguin No.779 (unattributed image)


Tekijän teokset

Green for Danger (1944) 420 kappaletta
Heads You Lose (1941) 171 kappaletta
Fog of Doubt (1952) 161 kappaletta
Ei vastausta viitosesta (1955) 154 kappaletta
Suddenly at His Residence (1946) 153 kappaletta
Nurse Matilda (1964) 119 kappaletta
Death in High Heels (1941) 112 kappaletta
Death of Jezebel (1948) 110 kappaletta
Cat and Mouse (1950) 73 kappaletta
Nurse Matilda Goes to Town (1833) 51 kappaletta
Nurse Matilda Goes to Hospital (1985) 34 kappaletta
Court of Foxes (1969) 26 kappaletta
Buffet for Unwelcome Guests (1983) 26 kappaletta

Associated Works

Myrkkyä (1930) — Johdanto, eräät painokset4,385 kappaletta
The Floating Admiral (1931) — Johdanto, eräät painokset775 kappaletta
Myrkytetyn suklaarasian arvoitus (1929) — Avustaja, eräät painokset553 kappaletta
Murha maaseudulla (1989) — Avustaja — 468 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 393 kappaletta
A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2000) — Avustaja — 261 kappaletta
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Avustaja — 149 kappaletta
Bodies from the Library (2018) — Avustaja — 108 kappaletta
The Long Arm of the Law (2017) — Avustaja — 81 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Avustaja — 79 kappaletta
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
Murder at Teatime: Mysteries in the Classic Cozy Tradition (1996) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
Crime on the Coast [and] No Flowers by Request (1953) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
Realms of Darkness (1985) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (2021) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
Bodies from the Library 4 (2021) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Ellery Queen's Crookbook (1974) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Lethal Sex (1959) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
The Realm of the Impossible (2017) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Classic short stories of crime and detection, 1950-1975 (1983) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
For Love or Money (1957) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Winter's Crimes 6 (1974) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
The Cat-Flap and the Apple Pie and Other Funny Stories (1979) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Appendici in giallo 1 (racconti) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Winter's Crimes 3 (1971) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Choice of Weapons — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Virallinen nimi
Lewis, Mary Christianna Milne
Muut nimet
Brant, Mary
Brant, Christianna
Roland, Mary
Thomson, China
Jones, Annabel
Ashe, Mary Ann
Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia ∙ birth)
London, England, UK
crime writer
children's book author
shop assistant
Crime Writers' Association ( [1972])
Detection Club
Sarah Molloy (A.M. Heath & Company Ltd)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Christianna Brand, who published her first novel in 1941, was one of the great practitioners of the classic English detective novel. She was born to British parents in Malaysia, spent her childhood in India, and then was sent to England for education. Her third book, Green for Danger (1944), was adapted into a classic film starring Alistair Sim as her Inspector Cockrill. Two of her short stories won Edgar Award nominations and have been included in several anthologies. She and her husband Roland Lewis, an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon, were married for nearly 50 years. She also wrote books for children, including the Nurse Matilda series, which was adapted for the screen as Nanny McPhee (2005).
Christianna Brand (born Mary Christianna Milne) also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.



Christianna Brand did such a good job of evoking the Victorian nursery presided over by a nanny, that I thought the Nurse Matilda stories were contemporary with E. Nesbit or Mrs. Molesworth. I was surprised to learn that the first Nurse Matilda book was published in 1964. That would explain why the Ocean Park library didn't have them when I was little; the main Santa Monica library may have got freshly published books in but the little branch libraries had slightly older books on the shelf. To be fair, they did have one book published in 1963 before we moved away in 1965.

Nurse Matilda invites comparisons with Mary Poppins because of the magic, but the theme of letting-the-children-do-their-own-thing until they hate it is more similar to Mrs Piggle-Wiggle (series published 1947-1957).

Like Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, the Nurse Matilda books tend to be a bit repetitive in their formula. This didn't bother me at all as a 7 year old reading about Mrs. P-W and I'm sure would not have bothered me had I read Nurse M when I was 8, but it is a bit much for an adult. The hallucinatory dream sequences with which the books end were also a bit much for me as an adult and I'm not at all sure how they would strike a child. Each of the first two books ends with a chapter recounting one of these fever dreams. Two chapters of it at the end of the third book is truly excessive.

Because of the repetitive story line (children are naughty; Matilda is summoned; stick is thumped; children must continue naughtiness until they repent, Matilda leaves), it's probably a mistake to buy the entire series in one volume ("Nanny McPhee") if you are like me and don't have the discipline not to read it all at one sitting. Good children's book for children nonetheless. For families or schools, reading aloud at the rate of a chapter a day would be enjoyable (but not the third book, because the last TWO chapters!).

I found an interesting review that I would like to link for my own reference: https://plumfieldandpaideia.com/nurse-matilda/
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muumi | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 4, 2023 |

Not bad but nowhere nearly as good as Green for Danger. Cockrill doesn't seem to do much detecting; the book focuses on the family and their reactions to events. David Thorn did a good narration in this audiobook edition.
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leslie.98 | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 27, 2023 |
An excellent addition to this series.

The first novel by the author I have read, though I have read a very good short story, the merit of which could have been based on one great idea, so it was important to see if it could be continued. Based on this novel, yes it can.

A mid 1940s 'cottage mystery', in which a defined limited number of suspects are established early on, other than in this case, the number is 7 members of what I would call a English MASH unit in England with a significant number of other people milling around.

Given my adverse comments on other cover pictures of the BLCC I have reviewed, I would like to say this one is excellent!

Brand is clever in playing person against each other even though they are are in fact all good friends.

The depiction of the English people under the WW2 bombing is realistic, compared to my other reading, but not as to those who have not explored there.

In the end it is a tragic event that leads to all of this.

Very much a Fair Clue book.

Very much recommended if interested in:
- Christiana Brand
- 1940's crime
- golden age crime

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12 April 2023
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bigship | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 12, 2023 |
Atmospheric and beautifully drawn, by an author I highly respect. But this one's ending left me cold. Solution is a cop-out, and I was waiting for a final twist..
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EricaObey | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 4, 2023 |



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