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The Daughter of Time | [Josephine Tey]

The Daughter of Time

'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?
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'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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    NHealy 05-29-12
    NHealy 05-29-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Great book! Great performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Daughter of Time the most enjoyable?

    Daughter of Time is one of the great Josephine Tey mysteries, and it is brought to life by Derek Jacobi's masterful performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are beautifully realized, with Inspector Allan Grant the principal voice. I have a particular fondness for the diffident but enthusiastic "research worker", Brent Carradine, whose American accent is endearing.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Derek Jacobi brings his brilliant artistry to a marvelous book. Each character is vocally defined with wit, taste, and intelligence.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forget Shakespeare! Discover the REAL Richard the Third!


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE Shakespeare, but his sources for Richard III could only show him a monster of a Tudor dynasty's creation! Josephine Tey shows another perspective on a relatively unknown historical figure--it could change your mind about Richard!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-06-12
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Johannesburg, South Africa 12-23-13
    Karen Johannesburg, South Africa 12-23-13 Member Since 2011

    There are so many good books in the world to read, don't waste time on the crappy ones !

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    "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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    Heather 09-02-12
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    What did you love best about The Daughter of Time?

    The storyline was excellent, and the mystery easy to follow, even narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was very good; however, his American accent came straight out of the '50s era gangster-type dialect. The character was a young historian in love and working at the British Museum. The gangster yanked me out of the story with amusement several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jen
    Caldicot Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    10/7/12
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    "An old favourite well worth a listen"

    Having studied Richard III as part of my A level where I had to study what had been written about him and the influences on those that wrote it, this is a treasure of a find. Using a (fairly) modern twist on the review of a much aligned man is in an interesting way of approaching the story. it is fiction with factual information that makes it all the more interesting to me. Well written and well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • janet
    United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kris
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Truth...."

    I was delighted to come back to this classic Josephine Tey. I first read it at school when a fiercely Richardian, anti Henry Vll history teacher was looking at the period. It's a brilliantly constructed re-examination of what was known at the time about Richard's history, given new resonance by the recent discovery in Leicester of the dead king's body. It's inspired me to listen to all of Tey's detective novels again starting with The Franchise Affair, another classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Sydney, Australia
    2/2/13
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    "Enthralling"

    I had read all Ms Tey's books bar this one. I had put it off, thinking oh I am not that interested in the murder of the Princes, what a mistake. I listened to it straight through.



    Derek Jacobi reads superbly. The story is gripping and past paced, showing the twists and turns of uncovering the truth, with interesting characters and observations about vested interests and bias and reputation along the way as temporarily bedbound Inspector Grant and his offsiders put the pieces together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. Perkins
    England
    4/13/13
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    "Richard III"

    An excellent book setting out the argument for whether of not Richard III murdered his nephews in the tower. It's told in the style of a detective story but provides all the necessary data to enable you to make your own decision and discover the true murderer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marjorie
    Frome, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Richard Didn't Do It !"

    The arguments concerning Richard the Third's part in the deaths of the Princes in the Tower have been resurrected recently because of the discovery of his body . Josephine Tey wrote " The Daughter of Time " long before the renewed interest in the subject but her arguments are relevant and clearly explained through the detective work of a temporarily bedridden policeman and his increasingly enthusiastic researcher . Both are sceptical at first but become more and more convinced of Richard's innocence , as does the reader .This is a very readable book and a challenge to anyone who unthinkingly accepts the Tudor version of events on which we were all brought up .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Addicted to past mysteries"

    I found this book to be one of those that draws you in slowly and before you know it, you can't wait to get back to it. I started it while on a long solo drive. I was so entranced, that I arrived home with fewer stops. It was an easy listen. I will definitely keep in my library. For a cold winters weekend in the future. The voice of Derek Jacobi is always easy to listen to, his switch between characters was excellent and I began to forget that it was only one actor. If you like an intriguing historical mysteries, I recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    4/4/13
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    "5 stars!"

    So I thought I knew history. But what you think is fact can be hearsay, heresy to any good Police Officer.

    Here is History easily presented and beautifuly read by Jacobi. I'm off to see what other stories Tey has written...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    1/31/13
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    "OK ish"

    I felt that this was a trifle tedious - not for me! But it was well written and would appeal to others who want detailed historical theories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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