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Celia Fremlin (1914–2009)

Forfatter af The Hours Before Dawn

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The Hours Before Dawn (1958) 262 eksemplarer
Uncle Paul (1959) 104 eksemplarer
The long shadow (2005) 91 eksemplarer
The Spider-Orchid (1977) 54 eksemplarer
The Jealous One (1965) 44 eksemplarer
Appointment with Yesterday (1972) 44 eksemplarer
Possession (1969) 43 eksemplarer
Listening in the Dusk (1990) 35 eksemplarer
The Trouble Makers (1963) 32 eksemplarer
With No Crying (1980) 22 eksemplarer
Dangerous Thoughts (1991) 18 eksemplarer
The Parasite Person (1982) 18 eksemplarer
Seven Lean Years (1961) 16 eksemplarer
King of the World (1757) 15 eksemplarer
Prisoner's Base (1967) 15 eksemplarer
Ghostly stories (2019) 14 eksemplarer
Echoing Stones (1993) 12 eksemplarer
By Horror Haunted (1974) 7 eksemplarer
Wetterumschwung (1994) 3 eksemplarer
A Quiet Game 2 eksemplarer
Les Choses de la mort (2021) 1 eksemplar
Pavoučí orchidej (1994) 1 eksemplar
Besettelse 1 eksemplar
Don't Be Frightened 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Bidragyder — 138 eksemplarer
Women of Mystery (1992) — Bidragyder — 124 eksemplarer
Fifty Best Mysteries (1991) — Bidragyder — 71 eksemplarer
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (2020) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
Some Things Fierce and Fatal (1971) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Haunters at the Hearth: Eerie Tales for Christmas Nights (2022) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Great Tales of Madness and the Macabre (1990) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Women of Mystery - Book 3 (1998) 24 eksemplarer
Merchants of Menace: An Anthology of Mystery Stories (1969) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
War Factory, a Report by Mass-Observation (1943) — Forfatter — 13 eksemplarer
Ellery Queen's Crookbook (1974) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
The 7th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1972) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1983 (1983) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1979 (1979) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Mystery Bedside Book (1960) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Winter's Crimes 19 (1987) 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1984 (1984) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Winter's Crimes 7 (1975) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
In Fear and Dread (1974) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Mystery Bedside Book 1971 (1970) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Huset i Goblin Wood og andre mysterier (1993) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Juridisk navn
Fremlin, Celia Margaret
Kingsbury, Middlesex, England, UK
Bournemouth, England
London, England, UK
Berkhamstead School for Girls
Oxford University (Somerville College)
interviewer (for Mass Observation)
short-story writer
mystery writer
Minchin, Leslie (husband)
Kort biografi
The Times of London wrote in her obituary: "Celia Fremlin used to say that she wrote the sort of book she wanted to read, in which a mysterious threat hangs over someone and escalates chapter by chapter. . . Publishers sometimes treated her novels as mere precursors of the 'woman in jeopardy' genre. . . But Fremlin had an observant wit all her own, highly valued by her friends as well as her readers." Celia Fremlin was born in Kingsbury, now part of London. Her older brother, John H. Fremlin, later became a nuclear physicist. In 1942 she married Elia Goller, with whom she had three children; he died in 1968. In 1985, Celia married Leslie Minchin, a writer and translator. Her novel The Hours Before Dawn won the Edgar Award in 1960. Later in life she became known as an active advocate of voluntary euthanasia.



Scary novel or story ('70's era) about a nanny i Name that Book (februar 2017)


My second Fremlin and it continues the theme of divorced woman striking out on her own, and the psychology of domesticity and relationships as prison and chains to one's sense of self. I loved this one for the question it raises about perception, what is the truth of a situation and what other intentions could be read into it by each participant?

Fremlin is so good at blending the cosiness of home with the ratcheting tension of outside forces threatening to disrupt it. She is also strangely great at capturing the voice of a precocious preteen boy, and the feeling of youthful ambitions and rebellions. The ending ties up a little too neatly for the realism that the story had been presenting, but given the story, I'm not sure there could have been another more satisfying ending.

Aside: real jarring to see the n-word make a few appearances here. They're supposedly spoken by the neighbourhood black kids, but they sure didn't add anything to the story nor characterisations!
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kitzyl | Jan 7, 2024 |
Louise is a midcentury British housewife struggling to deal with the sleepless nights caused by her baby's nighttime crying sessions. Needing additional income, she and her husband Mark decide to rent out the spare room to a teacher from the local girls' school. But Louise is worried by the new boarder's mysterious comings and goings, her apparent flirtation with Mark, and her excessive interest in their baby. Is Louise right to be suspicious, or is she merely losing her grip on reality from lack of sleep?

This book is a predecessor of the domestic thrillers with unreliable female narrators that are so popular today. It's very well-written and the suspense is handled adroitly and kept me turning the pages. Louise is a sympathetic character whose unreliability comes not from ulterior motives but simply from the amount of stress she is under. Because of the book's age, however, the thrills will probably seem pretty tame to thriller readers of today.

The reason to read this book today is not so much the plot but the harrowing description of Louise's life as a housewife and mother before the days of labor-saving machines like dishwashers and dryers and before the concept of shared parenting duties. Louise's husband screams at her to "Shut that baby up!" when their son's crying wakes him at night, and he thinks nothing of coming home unannounced in the middle of the day and demanding an appetizing cooked hot lunch that his wife is expected to provide, in addition to the lunch she gives their two daughters when they come home from school. Laundry is a task that takes days; the children are considered to be exclusively the wife's responsibility -- so much so that at one point on an outing, the husband gets annoyed and goes home, leaving his wife with the three children. And how does Louise react to this treatment? She feels sorry for him for having to put up with her subpar housewife skills. If you have ever wondered why a book like The Feminine Mystique was a necessary revelation for so many women in the 1960s, read this book and you'll get it.
… (mere)
sophroniaborgia | 8 andre anmeldelser | Dec 12, 2023 |
charming ghostly stories, this little book is a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer
bhowell | Oct 14, 2023 |
The claustrophobic interior monologue coupled with the slow reveal of the past, contrast with the immediate successful reinvention and reestablishment of a Self.

Fremlin takes a very simple premise, finding the potential of horror in domesticity, and invites - no, locks - her readers in it. We are sucked into this relentless whirlpool of fear and power and control, with little respite.

Fremlin gave herself an impossible task here, there is no satisfying way of wrapping up this story. However, since I choose to read the horror into the ending, it gives me a pervasive thrill. Everyone's a horrible hypocrite!… (mere)
kitzyl | Apr 15, 2023 |



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