In this documentary about famed crime novelist Ngaio Marsh, she explains how she came to write her first book, A man lay dead (1934), while living in London. She makes it sound very easy and quite unplanned. Prior to this, however, she tried to write a novel set in New Zealand but was unable to – the creative process was not so straightforward on that occasion.
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Reference: Three New Zealanders: Ngaio Marsh [videorecording]. Producer, John Barnett. Auckland: Endeavour Films, 1977.
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