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The Winding Lane

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Title:The Winding Lane
Gibbs, Philip   
(17 of 17 for author by title)
Unchanging Quest
Published:   1931
Publisher:A. L. Burt Company

This is a challenging story of four young people who tried to save their souls in a world gone slightly mad: Francis Brandon, the novelist who escaped from Bohemia and went down to Harley Green to “hide away from sex and the indecent realities of life by taking tea with old ladies in back parlors”; Audrey Avenel, the pretty, modern, young daughter of an old country gentleman, without a chance in the world of making a suitable marriage, restlessly trying to find some fulfillment for herself in this new chaotic world; Sylvia, her sister, escaping from the backwater of Avenel Hall to a hat shop and the consolation of a thoroughly undesirable young man; and Pearl Jerningham, last of a line of careless, selfish aristocrats, ruined by the new order but determined to live by her code that nothing matters except luxurious and pleasant living.

These four play out a vivid drama that challenges the entire structure of modern life.—Dustcover. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:287 Info

Author Bio for Gibbs, Philip

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Sir Philip Armand Hamilton Gibbs (1 May 1877—10 March 1962) was an English journalist and prolific author of books who served as one of five official British reporters during the First World War.

A man of decidedly liberal views, Gibbs took an interest in popular movements of the time, including the suffragettes, publishing a book on the British women's suffrage movement in 1910. With tensions growing in Europe in the years immediately preceding 1914, Gibbs repeatedly expressed a belief that war could be avoided between the Entente and Central Powers. In the event, war broke out in August 1914 and Gibbs secured an early journalistic posting to the Western Front. It was not long before the War Office in London resolved to "manage" popular information about the war, partly by censorship of war reporting. Gibbs was denied permission to remain on the Western Front; he stubbornly refused to return but was duly arrested and sent home.

Gibbs was not long out of official favour, however. Along with four other men he was officially accredited as a war correspondent, his work appearing in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Chronicle. The price he had to pay for accreditation was to submit to effective censorship. He agreed, although unhappy with the arrangement. Gibbs' wartime output was prodigious. He produced a stream of newspaper articles and a series of books: The Soul of the War, The Battle of the Somme, From Bapaume to Passchendaele, and The Realities of War.

The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 brought Gibbs a renewed appointment as a war correspondent, this time for the Daily Sketch. This proved a brief stint however and he spent part of the war employed by the Ministry of Information. After the war he continued to write about the effects of the war in Europe. He passed away in 1962.


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