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Caryl Brahms

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1901 - 1982

Caryl Brahms (born Doris Caroline Abrahams) studied at the Royal Academy of Music before she became ballet correspondent for the Evening Standard, and later the Daily Telegraph.

In 1937 Brahms began her 'Stroganoff-Quill Saga', a series of comic crime novels (written in collaboration with S. J. Simon) featuring the phlegmatic Inspector Adam Quill and the excitable members of Vladimir Stroganoff's ballet company. Brahms and Simon also wrote ‘backstairs history': comic, highly unreliable (factually) historical fiction.

After Simon's death, Brahms wrote on her own and also in partnership with Ned Sherrin, adapting for television plays by Georges Feydeau, Sacha Guitry and Eugene Labiche, as well as producing original work for television and the theatre.

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