With a useful introduction by Sophie Hannah, this reissue of the autobiography of a lesser-known Golden Age English crime writer is something of a revelation and not so much as rewrites history but provides an invaluable insight into a different perspective on being a woman author trying to make a living through writing crime in the often traumatic days after World War One... If this fascinating memoir sends the reader back to picking up an Anthony Gilbert novel and marvel at its modernity, then it will have more than deserved its purpose in keeping Malleson's name alive.
When Lucy Malleson wrote 70 thrillers during the Golden Age of crime, she went by the name Anthony Gilbert. This memoir, first published in 1940, is a compelling insight into what it was like to earn a living as a woman writing in the 30s
Both a fascinating account of how a middle-class family was affected by the social upheavals caused by the Great War and a highly appealing self-portrait of a woman determined to make her mark in a profession dominated by men ... she writes superbly about how a world turned topysy-turvy by war remained the wrong way up long after the conflict ... THREE-A-PENNY is a book you read because you are charmed by the author and enjoy her company ... Reading it feels, to a rare degree, like making a wise and funny new friend