Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell also wrote as: Barbara Vine.

Ruth Rendell was born in South Woodford, Essex, England on February 17th, 1930 and passed away at the age of 85 on May 2nd, 2015.

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Ruth Rendell Stats: The highest rated book by Ruth Rendell on Book Notification is Dark Corners, a Standalone novel. The second-highest rated book is Shake Hands Forever (Inspector Wexford #9).

The most read book by Ruth Rendell on Book Notification is From Doon With Death, the first novel in the Inspector Wexford series. The second most read book is Dark Corners, a Standalone novel.

Below is a complete list of Ruth Rendell books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Ruth Rendell is the Inspector Wexford Series.

List of Inspector Wexford Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
71964
2
1967
3
1967
4
81969
5
81970
6
71971
7
61972
8
61973
9
7.71975
10
1978
11
1981
12
81983
13
7.51985
14
71988
15
71992
16
1992
17
81994
18
81997
19
81999
20
72002
21
92005
22
42007
23
82009
24
82011
25
2013

List of Inspector Wexford Collections in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
1965
2
81966
3
81968
4
81971
5
1974
6
81976
7
81977
8
1979
9
1980
10
1982
11
51984
12
1984
13
61986
14
7.31986
15
1987
16
91987
17
1988
18
1989
19
1990
20
1990
21
1991
22
1993
23
101993
24
1994
25
1995
26
1995
27
1996
28
1998
29
81998
30
2000
31
72001
32
2002
33
82003
34
72004
35
92005
36
82006
37
7.52008
38
62008
39
2010
40
62012
41
82012
42
62014
43
82015

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Children's Books in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Ruth Rendell Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
1970
2
1982
3
1983
4
1983
5
1987
6
1988
7
1991
8
1991
9
1992
10
1992
11
1992
12
1993
13
1993
14
1994
15
1994
16
1994
17
1994
18
1996
19
1996
20
1996
21
1998
22
1999
23
2001
24
2002
25
2003
26
2006
27
2008
28
2009
29
2009
30
2009
31
2019
32
2021
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Ruth Rendell: Biography

Ruth Rendell (Ruth Barbara Grasemann) was born on February 17th, 1930. Ruth passed away May 2nd, 2015 at 85 years old. Ruth Rendell was born in South Woodford, Essex, England.

Ruth Rendell (Ruth Barbara Grasemann) is probably best known for her Standalone Novels. There are currently 43 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1965 with the novel To Fear a Painted Devil. The most recently released novel was Dark Corners which was released in 2015.

Ruth Rendell also wrote the Inspector Wexford series which has 25 books including From Doon With Death and Sins of the Fathers / A New Lease of Death.

Under the pseudonym of Barbara Vine, Ruth was listed on the 1988 Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! international list. Her book A Dark-Adapted Eye was listed as #9.

Ruth Rendell: Awards & Accolades

Ruth Rendell has won multiple awards including: The Riverton Prize, International Honor Award, in 1991, Edgar Award, Grand Master, in 1997, Gumshoe Award, Lifetime Achievement, in 2004 and Theakston's Old Peculier, Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction, in 2013.

Rendell's books have also won multiple awards, A Demon in My View won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award, in 1976. Make Death Love Me won the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Awards, The Martin Beck Award, in 1980. The Tree of Hands won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Silver Dagger Award, in 1984. Live Flesh won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award, in 1986. A Dark-Adapted Eye won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1987.

The following novels by Ruth Rendell were also nominated for these awards:

  • A Judgement in Stone: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1977).
  • A Sleeping Life: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1979).
  • Make Death Love Me: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1980).
  • Speaker of Mandarin: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1983).
  • The Convolvulus Clock: Anthony Award, Best Short Story (1986).
  • An Unkindness of Ravens: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1986).
  • Going Wrong: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1990).
  • Long Live The Queen: Agatha Award, Best Short Story (1991).
  • The Copper Peacock and Other Stories: Audie Award, Best Short Stories or Collections (2003).

Ruth Rendell: F.A.Q

When was Ruth Rendell Born?

Ruth Rendell was born on February 17th, 1930.

When did Ruth Rendell die?

Ruth Rendell died on May 2nd, 2015 at 85 years old.

Where was Ruth Rendell Born?

Ruth Rendell was born in South Woodford, Essex, England.

What awards has Ruth Rendell won?

Ruth Rendell has won the following awards: International Honor Award at the Riverton Prize (1991), Grand Master at the Edgar Award (1997), Lifetime Achievement at the Gumshoe Award (2004) and the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction at Theakston's Old Peculier (2013).

What book awards has Ruth Rendell won?

A Demon in My View: Crime Writer's Association Award Gold Dagger Award (1976).
Make Death Love Me: Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Awards The Martin Beck Award (1980).
The Tree of Hands: Crime Writer's Association Award Silver Dagger Award (1984).
Live Flesh: Crime Writer's Association Award Gold Dagger Award (1986).
A Dark-Adapted Eye: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (1987).

What was the first book Ruth Rendell wrote?

The first book written by Ruth Rendell was From Doon With Death, published in 1964.

What was the most recent book Ruth Rendell wrote?

Her most recently released work was A Spot of Folly on October 5th, 2017.

How many books has Ruth Rendell written?

Ruth Rendell has written 87 books excluding contributions to anthologies. 25 books in the Inspector Wexford Series, 1 book in the Inspector Wexford Collections Series, 43 Standalone Novels, 15 Standalone Novels, 5 Short Stories/Novellas, 10 books in the Short Story Collections, 1 book in the Children's Books, 2 books in the Non-Fiction Books.

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    ‘Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.’ Every time I read that line, it gives me chills. I have read more Ruth Rendell books over the years than I can remember. But I always return to A Judgment in Stone.

    I typically dismiss people who describe fiction as high art. Fiction is entertainment. I think people exaggerate its value. But A Judgment in Stone has the best opening line in all of fiction, which is why I can’t call the books Ruth wrote anything other than high art.

    She has a way of using mundane events and moments to build suspense and to tell thought-provoking stories. I don’t understand why we read Dickison in school when Ruth Rendell’s books are far more profound.

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