The Guardian’s August reading group: ‘the very finest detective story ever written’ 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins — tagged by no less than Dorothy L. Sayers as the “very finest detective story ever written” — is the August selection for The Guardian’s reading group.

The Moonstone is the first of the great English detective novels. The Guardian’s Sam Jordison, moderator of the reading group, says:

It’s 150 years this August since Collins wrapped up the story which he had been publishing in instalments in the periodical All the Year Round – having kept readers hanging on since January to learn the great secret at the heart of the book. William Tinsey, who published The Moonstone in book form, reported crowds of “anxious readers” waiting around his office, as well as “several” bets being taken on the book’s eventual outcome.

Reading it today, it’s easy to understand that fever of expectation . . .Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is our reading group choice for August | Books | The Guardian

Grab a copy and join in the discussion here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/series/reading-group. You can download a free copy of the book from Project Gutenberg.

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