Dorothy L. Sayers AudioBooks Collection - 16 Books

Dorothy Leigh Sayers, although Sayers herself preferred and encouraged the use of her middle initial to facilitate this pronunciation; Oxford, 13 June 1893 – Witham, 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work. She is also known for her plays and essays.

Dorothy L. Sayers AudioBooks Collection - 16 Books

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Sayers, an only child, was born on 13 June 1893 at the Head Master's House, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where her father, the Rev. Henry Sayers, M.A., was chaplain of Christ Church and headmaster of the Choir School. (When she was six he started teaching her Latin.) She grew up in the tiny village of Bluntisham-cum-Earith in Huntingdonshire, after her father was given the living there as rector. The Regency rectory is an elegant building, while the church graveyard features the surnames of several characters from her mystery The Nine Tailors. The proximity of the River Great Ouse and the Fens invites comparison with the book's vivid description of a massive flood around the village.

From 1909 she was educated at the Godolphin School, a boarding school in Salisbury. Her father later moved to the less luxurious living of Christchurch, also in Cambridgeshire.

In 1912, she won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, and studied modern languages and medieval literature. She finished with first-class honours in 1915. Although women could not be awarded degrees at that time, Sayers was among the first to receive a degree when the position changed a few years later, and in 1920 she graduated as a MA. Her personal experience of Oxford academic life may be glimpsed in Gaudy Night.

Her father was from a line of Sayerses from Littlehampton, West Sussex, and her mother (Helen Mary Leigh – whence Sayers' second name) was born at "The Chestnuts", Millbrook, Hampshire to Frederick Leigh, a solicitor, whose family roots were in the Isle of Wight. Dorothy's aunt Amy, her mother's sister, married Henry Richard Shrimpton.

Two years later, by which time she had published her first two detective novels, Sayers married Captain Oswald Atherton "Mac" Fleming, a Scottish journalist whose professional name was "Atherton Fleming." The wedding took place on 8 April 1926 at Holborn Register Office, London. Mac was divorced with two children, which in those days meant they could not have a church wedding. Despite this disappointment, her parents welcomed Mac into the fold. Mac and Dorothy lived in the flat at 24 Great James Street in St Pancras, London that Dorothy maintained for the rest of her life.

The marriage began happily with a strong partnership at home. Both were working a great deal, Fleming as an author and journalist and Dorothy as an advertising copywriter and author. Over time, Fleming's health worsened, largely due to his World War I service, and as a result he became unable to work. His income dwindled while Sayers' fame continued to grow and he began to feel eclipsed.

Although he never lived with them, Tony was told that "Cousin Dorothy" and Fleming had adopted him when he was ten. (As the legal parent, Dorothy had no need to adopt him. Fleming had agreed to adopt her son when they married, but the legal process was never carried out.) Sayers continued to provide for his upbringing, although she never publicly acknowledged him as her biological son.

Sayers was a good friend of C. S. Lewis and several of the other Inklings. On some occasions, Sayers joined Lewis at meetings of the Socratic Club. Lewis said he read The Man Born to be King every Easter, but he claimed to be unable to appreciate detective stories. J. R. R. Tolkien read some of the Wimsey novels but scorned the later ones, such as Gaudy Night.

Fleming died on 9 June 1950, at Sunnyside Cottage, Witham, Essex. Sayers died suddenly of a stroke on 17 December 1957 at the same place. She had purchased 20–24 Newland Street, Witham (subsequently known as Sunnyside) in 1925 as a home for her mother following the death of her father, but on the death of her mother on 27 July 1929 at The County Hospital, Colchester, she occupied it herself.

Mac was buried in Ipswich, while Dorothy's remains were cremated and her ashes buried beneath the tower of St Anne's Church, Soho, London, where she had been a churchwarden for many years. Tony died on 26 November 1984 at age 60, in St. Francis's Hospital, Miami Beach, Florida.


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Lord Peter Wimsey Novels


Dorothy L. Sayers - Whose Body ? (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Clouds Of Witness (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Unnatural Death (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Lord Peter Views The Body (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Strong Poison (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - The Five Red Herrings (read by Patrick Malahide) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Have His Carcase (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Hangman's Holiday (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Murder Must Advertise (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - The Nine Tailors (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Gaudy Night (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Busman's Honeymoon (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - In The Teeth Of The Evidence (read by Ian Carmichael) 

Dorothy L. Sayers - Striding Folly (read by Ian Carmichael)

Dorothy L. Sayers - Thrones Dominations (read by Ian Carmichael)


Short Stories


Dorothy L. Sayers - The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories (read by Ian Carmichael)

Dorothy L. Sayers AudioBooks Collection - 16 Books

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