The Detectives Club

16 Jul 2021 - 12:30


FACILITATOR: Professor John Higgins

DATE: Starts Thursday 19 August, thereafter monthly


TIME: 5.30 to 6.30 pm (16 September; 14 October; 18 November; 9 December).                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


On confirmation of payment participants will be sent the links.


What is it about the genre of detective fiction that makes it so appealing?  Each month we will meet in the Detectives’ Club to seek to solve the mystery of why the detectives of the Detectives’ Club  (and their authors ) continue to interest and enthrall us. In this Teams seminar, we will have a look at together some of the rich history of the genre; how its authors and their detectives respond to the pressures of their times; as well as at some of the cinematic adaptions of their work. 

1. Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes – A Study in Scarlet (1887) 

2. Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe – The Big Sleep (1939) 

3. Georges Simenon and Inspector Maigret – Maigret Takes a Room (1951) 

4. Lee Child and Jack Reacher – Gone Tomorrow (2009) 

5. Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike – Troubled Blood (2021) 


Where participants find it difficult to acquire physical copies of the books, we advise purchase through Kindle. 

 John Higgins is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town, and was formerly Arderne Chair in the English Department there. A member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, he is the author of the award-winning study Raymond Williams: literature, Marxism and cultural materialism and, most recently, Academic Freedom in a Democratic South Africa. His most recent publications include An Excluding Consensus? – grants and loan schemes and the need for equitable access to higher education and (with Tor Halvorsen) ‘Growth or Solidarity? The Discourse of the SDGs’.