The Burr Wood by Philip Glazebrook available soon at the super BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Victor Gollancz, 1977, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.
From the cover: For Kirns eccentric grandfather, the family home, Larkford, represented a vision; for his wise and understanding mother, it stood for tradition in a world of shifting values; for his philistine brother-in-law, it was land ripe for development. For Kirn himself, an opter-out from life, it meant little or nothing: until he too discovered the vision.
Philip Glazebrook has already proved, in Try Pleasure and The Eye of the Beholder, that he is a subtle and versatile novelist, and in this new book he still further extends his range and his perception. The portrayal of his central character, Kim, is especially penetrating. In the opening chapters we see him, as a boy on a fishing holiday in Scotland, revealing inner reserves, and during a summer in France allowing himself to be defeated by inner weaknesses. These ambivalences lead to a life of empty frustration in Rome, on the fringe of a sinister sub-world. He begins to discover himself when he returns to Larkford, but it takes the odd quirk of a maverick film director, who plans to locate a film in the Paradise Wood (which Kims grandfather planted), to open his eyes to the distinction between illusion and reality.
Here is a novel of distinction, beauty and power, which will further establish Philip Glazebrooks reputation.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 251 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.