London: Orion, 1998, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Film designer Ned Nugent is at a crossroads. Disillusioned with a Hollywood that ranks special effects above true style, he has returned to England to what he thinks is real life and a measure of sanity.
But no sooner has he set foot in Kings Road than he is picked up by a precocious and utterly delightful nymphet, Lavender, who whisks him home to meet the family. Just how real is reality, Ned asks himself, as he is introduced to the exotic McNamara clan: to Lavenders mother, Rose, who has made seduction her lifes work; to her dashing Aunt Tottie who has a penchant for outrageous hats and lives in the crumbling Georgian Popplewell Place; and to her cousin Beth, who smells intriguingly of new mown hay and who soon represents everything about England that Ned holds most dear.
When Tottie agrees to let Ned restore die Orangery in Popple wells grounds, and Beth is persuaded to move in with him, Ned thinks his happiness is complete. He has yet to discover that the McNamaras are haunted by their past and Beth is haunted by a panther
Fast-paced, funny and bracingly different, Sarah Miless first novel confirms the wonderful storytelling gift revealed in her acclaimed memoirs.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Yellow boards with Black titling to the Spine. 307 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.