|Title:||Blind Man’s Year|
|Publisher:||The Sun Dial Press, Inc.|
A young man is on his way to interview famous author Douglas Gerard. He really needs the interview as his job on the paper is none too secure. Desperation sees him leap the garden fence, only to be confronted by a rather large Alsatian. He does obtain an interview of sorts, though neither he nor Gerard come within sight of each other. He does discover that Gerard is in fact a woman. She lives a secluded life, being afflicted by a facial birthmark. Not long after the reporter hurries off with his scoop, a plane crashes nearby. The pilot seems unlikely to survive. The plot of this book is transparent from this point on, but as with many of WD's novels, it is not the plot but the characters who are important. Set in the south of England and later London, it is what I term a 'traditional WD novel'. Lovers of the English way of life, circa 1930, will lose themselves in the book, as did I. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Deeping, Warwick (George)
He was one of the best selling authors of the 1920s and 1930s, with seven of his novels making the best-seller list. Deeping was a prolific writer of short stories, which appeared in such British magazines as Cassell's, The Story-Teller, and The Strand. He also published fiction in several US magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post and Adventure. All of the short stories and serialized novels in U.S. magazines were reprints works previously published in Britain. Well over 200 of his original short stories and essays that appeared in various British fiction magazines were never seen in book form. Those works are now available in the multi-volume "Lost Stories" collection.
His early work is dominated by historical romances. His later novels more usually dealt with modern life, and were critical of many tendencies of twentieth-century civilisation. His standpoint was generally that of a passionate individualism, distrustful both of ruling elites and of the lower classes, who were often presented as a threat to his embattled middle-class protagonists. His most celebrated hero is Captain Sorrell M.C., the ex-officer who after the War is reduced to a menial occupation in which he is bullied by those of a lower social class and less education. Deeping's novels often deal with controversial issues.--Wikipedia.
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