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By J.I.M. Stewart

Penelope, the daughter of an area priest, is lured to a villa within the south of France the place she is the sufferer of a merciless hoax. As to how she got here into the location, we're first brought to her as a toddler and the history is decided out with Stewart’s ordinary wit and hugely descriptive writing. Fulke Ferneydale, now a wealthy novelist, knew Penelope then – certainly, in her later teenage years he all of sudden proposed to her, yet she grew to become him down. on the time, he had whatever of a chip on his shoulder as his father was once ‘in trade’, that is whatever Penelope’s father seemed down upon in a snobbish demeanour, even though it didn’t have an effect on her. for this reason, Ferneydale went off and married Sophie, even supposing he accordingly controlled to get pleasure from a string of mistresses and younger boys. Penelope married Caspar, yet he's withdrawn, scholarly and uninteresting, let alone materially unsuccessful. So what's to develop into of her in France? there are lots of twists to this story, now not least the ultimate surprise.

The writer: John Innes waterproof coat Stewart (who additionally wrote as ‘Michael Innes’) used to be born in Edinburgh the place his father used to be Director of schooling. He attended Edinburgh Academy prior to going as much as Oriel collage, Oxford the place he was once provided a first-class measure in English and gained the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and was once named a Bishop Frazer pupil. After a quick interlude traveling with AJP Taylor in Austria, together with learning Freudian psychoanalysis for a yr, he launched into an version of Florio’s translation of Montaigne’s Essays. This consequently helped him safe a put up instructing English at Leeds University.

In 1932, Stewart married Margaret Hardwick, who practised drugs, and so they for that reason had 3 sons and daughters. by way of 1935, he were provided the Jury Chair on the collage of Adelaide in Australia as Professor of English and had additionally accomplished his first detective novel, ‘Death on the President’s Lodging’, released lower than the pseudonym ‘Michael Innes’. This was once an instantaneous luck and a part of an extended operating sequence concentrated on ‘Inspector Appleby’, his fundamental personality while writing as ‘Innes’. there have been virtually fifty titles accomplished less than the ‘Innes’ banner in the course of his occupation.

In 1946, he lower back to the united kingdom and spent years at Queen's collage in Belfast, ahead of being appointed pupil (Fellow and instruct) at Christ Church, Oxford. He used to be later to carry the publish of Reader in English Literature of Oxford college and upon his retirement was once made an Emeritus Professor. when by no means eager to go away his loved Oxford completely, he did be ready to healthy into his busy time table a vacationing Professorship on the collage of Washington and used to be additionally honoured through different Universities within the united kingdom.

Stewart wrote many works less than his personal identify, together with twenty-one works of fiction (which contained the hugely acclaimed quintet entitled ‘A Staircase in Surrey’, concentrated basically in Oxford, yet with enormous forays in different places, particularly Italy), numerous brief tale collections, and over 9 discovered works at the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling and Hardy. He was once additionally a contributor to many educational guides, together with an enormous part on smooth writers for the Oxford background of English Literature. He died in 1994, the final released paintings being an autobiography: ‘Myself and Michael Innes’.

J.I.M. Stewart’s fiction is tremendously in demand for its wit, plots and literary caliber, while the non-fiction is stated as being definitive.

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