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Released January 1, 1956

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Mr. Symond's new novel is a deceptively quiet tale of the death of an old love and the beginning of a new one. It is told in two time sequences: the past, relived in Richard Wilmshurt's memory as he recalls his first falling in love with Ann Birrel, at whose funeral the story opens, and the present, in which his feelings for Mrs. Lovell develops into a different form of love.
In both these affairs he has a rival, Edward Swan, a sinister character who has in fact married Ann, and seems to have been connected with her sudden and unexpected death.

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John Symonds

John Symonds was an English novelist, biographer, playwright and writer of children's books.

In 1946, he published his first novel, William Waste. This was followed in 1955 by The Lady in the Tower, and, in 1957, by another love story, A Girl Among Poets, which won praise from Sir John Betjeman, who wrote of the author's "gift for describing farcical situations". He found his widest (largest) audience in the writing of children's books, including The Magic Currant Bun, Isle of Cats, Lottie and Elfrida and the Pig.

Symonds wrote twenty-six plays but not many were performed. He won critical praise in 1961 for his ITV play, I, Having Dreamt, Awake. The Poison Maker, his final work for the stage was performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006.

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