Nicholas Blake
AUTHOR

Nicholas Blake

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland, in 1904 and raised in London after his mother's death in 1906. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations.

During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

Read more Read less

You're getting a free audiobook.
$14.95 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Best Sellers

    • The Widow's Cruise

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 13
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    When Nigel Strangeways books tickets for a holiday in the Greek islands with renowned sculptor Claire Massinger, he has no idea that the trip will end in tragedy....

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Thou Shell of Death: Nigel Strangeways, Book 2

    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    In the second book in the Nigel Strangeways classic crime series, the poet turned private detective is called in to help a World War One fighter pilot who has been receiving death threats....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poetic Injustice

    • By Marina on 01-26-13

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Case of the Abominable Snowman

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 7
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Nigel Strangeways is summoned to Easterham Manor....

    Regular price: $16.35

    • A Question of Proof: Nigel Strangeways, Book 1

    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    In the first book in the Nigel Strangeways classic crime series, an obnoxious schoolboy is found dead at his school Sports Day....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Think I'll read this in print

    • By Kathi on 10-01-13

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Head of a Traveller

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 9
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Staying with a friend in Oxfordshire, Nigel Strangeways pays a visit to Robert Seaton, a distinguished British poet whom Nigel greatly admires but whose reputation has been on the decline of late....

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Beast Must Die

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 4
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    One of the Observer's 1,000 novels everyone must read....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration is very bad

    • By Donna M Rose on 09-01-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Morning After Death

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 16
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Private detective and poet Nigel Strangeways....

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Smiler with the Knife

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 5
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Detective Nigel Strangeways, and his explorer wife Georgia have taken a cottage in the countryside. They are slowly beginning to adjust to a more relaxed way of life when Georgia finds a mysterious locket....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Nicholas Blake... But Not At His Best

    • By Melanie on 10-20-13

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Dreadful Hollow

    • Nigel Strangeways, Book 10
    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Someone is sending poison pen letters....

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Beast Must Die

    • By: Nicholas Blake
    • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Felix Lane is bent upon revenge for the death of his young son in a hit-and-run accident....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • SUPBERB!!

    • By janet on 03-06-11

    Regular price: $13.34

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.