'One must admire the perfectly done thing, and this evocation of the late Edwardian age, told with ironic grace and subtlety, is the best thing of its kind since L. P. Hartley's The Go-Between .' - Vogue 'Worldly, wise, mild, funny, and tender, written in constantly felicitous prose.' - Manchester Guardian '[A]n exciting story as well as an evocation of feeling, time, and place which completely fascinates. The author plays the reader with an expertise to which one can only surrender with the utmost pleasure.' - ...
'One must admire the perfectly done thing, and this evocation of the late Edwardian age, told with ironic grace and subtlety, is the best thing of its kind since L. P. Hartley's The Go-Between .' - Vogue 'Worldly, wise, mild, funny, and tender, written in constantly felicitous prose.' - Manchester Guardian '[A]n exciting story as well as an evocation of feeling, time, and place which completely fascinates. The author plays the reader with an expertise to which one can only surrender with the utmost pleasure.' - The Scotsman 'Mr Kitchin is an enjoyably ruthless writer.' - Punch 'Mr Kitchin is still writing the traditional, well-bred, upper-English-middle-class novel. He does it finely, with a loving art.' - The Spectator 'As a satire on the abuse of money and as a portrait of a vanished age, this perfectly poised comedy is beyond praise.' - The Observer 'The writing is unobtrusive, the characters are genuine, and yet every turn of the plot is devised to point the irony of the title.' - The London Times Set in the twilight of the Edwardian era, this is the story of Francis Froxwell, a young orphan fascinated by his grandfather's 'Book of Life', a ledger that lists the immense wealth he and his relatives will inherit when the old man dies. Unhappy at boarding school and treated coldly by his relations, Francis finds solace in the thought of his future fortune and a possible baronetcy. Francis's only friends are his uncle Demetrius, whose affair with a divorcee has made him the black sheep of the family, and Jimmy Waring, a disgraced ex-schoolmaster and the brother of Demetrius's mistress. As Francis finds himself unwittingly caught up in the intrigues of these two men, a chain of events is set in motion leading to sex, scandal, blackmail, and death . . . and the elimination of at least one name from the 'Book of Life'. An unjustly neglected novelist, C.H.B. Kitchin (1895-1967) was best known for his early mystery novels and was frustrated later in life when he continued to turn out minor masterpieces like Ten Pollitt Place (1957) and The Book of Life (1960), which won critical acclaim but were largely overlooked by the book-buying public. This edition features an introduction by Francis King.
Good Condition. Good Dust Jacket. Hardcover Book //NO REMAINDER MARK//NO PREVIOUS OWNER MARKS OF ANY KIND (no names or inscriptions, no bookplate, no underlining, etc) // NOT PRICECLIPPED//NEW MYLAR COVER//the dust jacket is a bit soiled.
Good. No dust jacket. 1960. First Edition. 211 pages. No dust jacket. Red boards with gilt lettering to spine. Firm binding to clean, lightly tanned pages with bright copy throughout. Minor foxing to endpapers and page edges. Infrequent light finger marks and small stains to page edges. Pencil marks and small stains to rear paste down. Moderate shelf wear and markings to boards with sunning to spine. MInor bleach spots. Slight forward lean. Light rub wear to edges and bumped corners. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1507815350MEP (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
The dust jacket is missing. There is light wear to the boards, with minor bumping to the extremes. The page edges have light tanning. The pages are secure to the binding. This book is from our pre ISBN stock and is therefore over 50 years old. It will have a general appearance commensurate with its age including age effects to page edges, binding and boards. Dust jacket is absent unless otherwise stated Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your.
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