This is the post I do every Friday, which I post a first line of a book, which generally has a connection to a date close to when it is posted. In addition the book is usually one that I have read or is on my TBR.


So here goes:-

The Daughter of Time By Josephine Tey


“Garant lay on his high white cot and stared at the ceiling ”

The Daughter of Time


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Richard III, Prime Supect in, The Daughter of Time


The Daughter Of Time, tells the story of an Inspector Grant, who is in hospital,stuck in his bed,. So to get over having nothing to do, he starts investigates the Princes in the tower, who went missing in the summer of 1483, with Richard III being the prime suspect. The title comes from and old proverb, “Truth is the daughter of Time”

Relationship to this book.

I first came across this book when listening to a full audio book version on the radio in the early 2000’s. the Book is also the last fiction book  I purchased before reading on an e-reader full time.

Joseohine Tey

Josephine Tey’s Life

The reason I decided to use, The Daughter of Time, for First Line Friday, today  is because the 25th July 2020 is the 124th anniversery of the birth of ,Elizabeth Mackintosh, whose pen name was Josephine Tey. She was the eldest of three daughters of, fruiterer Colin Mackintosh and his wife Josephine (maiden name Horne).

After training at Anstey Physical Training college in Birmingham, Tey worked in physiotherapy in Leeds and a teacher in Nottinghamshire.

Tey first work to be published in the The Westminster Gazette in 1925, published under the name of Gordon Daviot was written while caring for a dad.

The first novel by her in 1929, was Kit: An Unvarnished History, was The Observer’s list of books of the week, Shortly after her first mystery novel The Man in the Que , again under the name of Gordon Daviot, wining the Dalton Award in the USA, it was also had the first appearance of Inspector Allan Grant.

It was not until 1936 that a, Shilling for Candles, the second Inspector Grant novel was published, which became the basis for Hitchcock’s 1937 film the Young and Innocent, under the Name she is most famous pen name Josephine Tey. The name of her Suffolk Grandma.

Over the next 12 years Tey wrote four more books with Inspector Grant although The Franchise Affair Grant only appears intermittently.

The most Famous of her Novels The Daughter of Time, was the last book to be published in her life time, which is the book, where the first line comes from, tells the story of Inspector Grant stuck in a hospital bed, investigating Richard III’s involvement in the princes in the tower.

Her final book The Singing Sands, was published in 1952 after her postumasly after her death on 13th February 1952, of liver cancer.


Death and Legacy

Josephine Tey was a very private person and withdrew from public life as she became sick with liver cancer, which many of her friend, did not no she had. The actor Sir John Gielgud , read of her death in Times, during a matinee performance of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale.

In 1990 The Daughter of Tim, came first in the British Crime Writers Assccociation’s Greatest novel of all time.

The Scottish crime writer Val McDermid in 2015 argued that she was the bridge between the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and contemporary crime novels

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The Daughter of time

Josephine Tey






Inspector Grant novels

  1. The Man in the Queue(or Killer in the Crowd) (1929) as Gordon Daviot
  2. A Shilling for Candles(1936) 
  3. The Franchise Affair(1948) 
  4. To Love and Be Wise(1950)
  5. The Daughter of Time(1951) (voted greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers’ Association in 1990)
  6. The Singing Sands(1952) 

Stand-alone mysteries

These novels are set in the same fictional 20th-century Britain as the Inspector Grant novels.

  1. Miss Pym Disposes (1946) [as Josephine Tey][9]
  2. Brat Farrar (or Come and Kill Me) (1949) 

Other novels

  • Kif: An Unvarnished History (1929) [as Gordon Daviot] – story of a boy who cares for horses and goes through WW1.
  • The Expensive Halo: A Fable without Moral (1931) [as Gordon Daviot] – about two pairs of brothers and sisters, one aristocratic, the other working class.
  • The Privateer (1952) – a fictionalized reconstruction of the life of the privateer Henry Morgan.



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