Gretna Green - Robert KempW. & R. Chambers, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short tears, some loss, most notably to the top corner of the lower panel. Agent's lable to the pastedown. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “When Reggie Fairfax and Katina Christodoulides met at a party in London and decided, on a brief acquaintance and in face of parental disapproval, to get married, they found that as they were both minors it couldn’t be done — not in England at least. So they set out for Gretna Green in Reggie’s old red two-seater, having been informed on the very dubious authority of a law student friend that in Scotland the law is more obliging. But Katina’s father, a shipowner of French citizenship, Greek extraction, and the outlook of a village headman, had another idea for the disposal of his daughter. How Reggie and Katina found themselves entangled not only in the law of Scotland but also in a series of petitions and counter-petitions is told in this sparkling tale of youth, which has about it all the freshness of a spring day in the Border country. When the law did not seem to be serving his purpose with sufficient speed, Mr. Christodoulides sent in his bodyguard, a formidable posse more at home in the dockland of Marseilles than the West End of Edinburgh or the Highlands of Scotland.
How the lovers might have fared without the assistance of Alastair Pattullo, an apprentice in his father’s law office, or Pamela Wamphray, a girl who failed her exams but succeeded at everything else, or Captain Chisholm, the dreamy host of the Hopscotch Hotel in a forgotten square of Scotland’s capital, is a moot point. Some believe they might have got married in half the time, others in a quarter. They would certainly have missed ordeal by the law of Scotland, by the press, and by the bossy methods of the friends who espoused their cause. Love, adventure, laughter — they are all to be found in Gretna Green. And as a manual of what to do in a difficult situation, no eloping couple, whatever their nationality, ought to be without this useful handbook.”