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Penelope, the daughter of a neighborhood 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 placement, 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 at once proposed to her, yet she became him down. on the time, he had anything of a chip on his shoulder as his father used to be ‘in trade’, that is anything Penelope’s father regarded down upon in a snobbish demeanour, even though it didn’t impact her. for that reason, Ferneydale went off and married Sophie, even if he consequently controlled to take pleasure in 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 Penelope married Caspar, yet he's withdrawn, scholarly and uninteresting, let alone materially unsuccessful.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 turn into of her in France? there are numerous 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 was once Director of schooling. He attended Edinburgh Academy earlier than going as much as Oriel university, Oxford the place he used to be provided a first-class measure in English and gained the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and used to be named a Bishop Frazer student. After a brief interlude vacationing with AJP Taylor in Austria, together with learning Freudian psychoanalysis for a 12 months, he launched into an version of Florio’s translation of Montaigne’s Essays. This thus helped him safe a submit instructing English at Leeds University.

In 1932, Stewart married Margaret Hardwick, who practised drugs, they usually for this reason had 3 sons and daughters. by means of 1935, he were offered the Jury Chair on the college 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 focused on ‘Inspector Appleby’, his basic personality while writing as ‘Innes’. there have been nearly fifty titles accomplished less than the ‘Innes’ banner in the course of his profession.

In 1946, he again to the united kingdom and spent years at Queen's college in Belfast, earlier than being appointed scholar (Fellow and coach) at Christ Church, Oxford. He was once later to carry the publish of Reader in English Literature of Oxford collage and upon his retirement used to be made an Emeritus Professor. while by no means desirous to depart his cherished Oxford completely, he did be able to healthy into his busy time table a traveling Professorship on the college of Washington and was once additionally honoured by means of 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’, targeted essentially in Oxford, yet with enormous forays in different places, in particular Italy), a number of brief tale collections, and over 9 discovered works at the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling and Hardy. He used to be additionally a contributor to many educational guides, together with a massive part on glossy writers for the Oxford heritage 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 drastically widespread for its wit, plots and literary caliber, when the non-fiction is said as being definitive.

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