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Exhibition: Murder by the Book at Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library runs a programme of free, public exhibitions throughout the year. Murder by the Book: A Celebration of 20th Century British Crime Fiction illuminates and celebrates the stories of the UK’s most popular fiction writing, examining crime’s place in our literary history, looking at the Library’s remarkable collection items, and stylish dust jackets, that represent more than a century of British book design. Featuring star items including Agatha Christie's 1937 typewriter. Pre-booking essential.

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Crime fiction is the UK’s most read, bought and borrowed genre. Cambridge University Library draws on its world-leading collections of British crime fiction to stage a murderously good exhibition!

Bringing together literature, culture and heritage, Murder by the Book: A Celebration of 20th Century British Crime Fiction illuminates and celebrates the stories of the UK’s most popular fiction writing. Curated by award-winning crime novelist Nicola Upson, the Library’s exhibition challenges traditional distinctions between literary fiction and genre fiction. Murder by the Book examines crime’s place in our literary history and the Library’s own Special Collections.

Agatha Christie’s typewriter, dictaphone and the typescript of her final Poirot novel – so top secret it was kept in a bank vault for three decades are star exhibits. The exhibition also showcases rare books and audio-visual recordings looking at the genre from its origins in the works of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens to contemporary best-sellers Val McDermid and Ian Rankin.

With first editions of The Moonstone and Bleak House, as well as Sherlock Holmes’ debut appearance, the exhibition explores the Library’s remarkable collections and stylish dust jackets that represent more than a century of British book design.

Curated by crime novelist Nicola Upson.

Read more about the exhibition and book your tickets here.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue badge parking
  • Cloakroom facilities
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • wheelchair access

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Wheel chair accessible
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Did you know?

In 1958, a group of engineering students managed to hoist an Austin Seven car onto the roof of Senate House, with the help of some clever calculations. It took the university a week to remove it – and will surely go down in history as one of the boldest student pranks ever!