Thanks to everyone who reviewed books and films for 1958. Les and Moira have chosen October’s year: 1932. Here’s where you can sign up to include your reviews in next month’s round-up.
As October ends with Hallowe’en, I am going to be awarding extra points (not that I award points) for spooky books, and the person who includes the most spine-chilling excerpt in their review will be awarded the honour of choosing next month’s year.
What went on in 1932? Plenty. The world was still in the grip of the Great Depression following the 1929 Wall Street Crash. In the UK unemployment stood at 30%. In the US 43,000 people- ‘the Bonus Army’ marched on Washington in support of veterans demanding cash in exchange for their military service certificates. Later in the year Roosevelt became President by offering a New Deal for the country. In Germany, Hitler began his steady march to power by running for President.
In literature 1932 saw the publication of Brave New World, Cold Comfort Farm, Tobacco Road, and Guys and Dolls. Movies included Murders in the Rue Morgue, Tarzan the Ape Man and Freaks. Big songs were Louis Armstrong’s All of Me, and Rudy Vallee’s Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The usual artistic mix of reflecting the world crisis, and ignoring it.
So, over to you lot for the crime fiction…
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