This is a light comedy with a chorus. The action takes place on seven days, spread over a period of between four or five weeks during May and June 1958. During that time, Sarah Faulkner, celebrated diseuse, who has come home to rest after four years of touring in Europe and America, is responsible, directly or indirectly, for a great deal of disturbance, even for what may or may not be a murder. The chorus consists of her secretary and her masseuse, two women who, as another character in the book says of them, have in them 'enough derision, bitterness, greed, experience, to poison a city.' None the less, the mood of the book is one of entertainment, tart, intelligent, witty.
Storm Jameson (1891- 1986) born to a North Yorkshire family of shipbuilders. Jameson’s fiery mother, who bore three girls, encouraged Storm (christened Margaret Storm) to pursue an academic education. After being taught privately and at Scarborough municipal school she won one of three county scholarships which enabled her to read English Literature at Leeds University. She then went on to complete an MA in European Drama at King’s College London. During her career Jameson wrote 45 novels, numerous pamphlets, essays, and reviews, in an effort to make money. Her personal life suffered, and her first marriage to schoolmaster Charles Douglas Clarke was an unhappy one. After they divorced in 1925, Jameson went on to marry Guy Chapman, a fellow author, and remained with him despite her apparent rejection of normal domestic life. Storm Jameson was always politically active, helping to publish a Marxist journal in the British section of the International Union of Revolutionary Writers in 1934 and attending anti-fascist rallies.
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