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The Nobodies

Clerks, shop assistants, secretaries, salespeople — we have lots to learn from the lower middle class characters of classic detective fiction.

Thanks to my guest, Dr Nicola Bishop. Her book, Lower-Middle-Class Nation: The White-Collar Worker in British Popular Culture is published by Bloomsbury Academic.

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Mentioned in this episode:
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
The Suburbans by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Big Four by Agatha Christie

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