Hands to Dance - Charles CausleyLondon: Carroll & Nicholson, 1951, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn with a chip to the foot of the upper panel, a stain to the foot of the lower, and tanned overall. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “In this remarkable first collection of long and short stories, Charles Causley writes with wit and gusto and imaginative power not only of the Navy (in which he spent nearly six years), but also of his native Cornwall. The stories range from the deceptively peaceful market-towns of the West of England to the life of the matelot in Gibraltar, West Africa, the islands of the Mediterranean, Alexandria and Australia. He captures with zest and an infectious enthusiasm such diverse characters as the fantastic Captain Exe, Goldie: the apprehensive ex-p. o. w. , an ill-assorted Spanish family (in Adios, Gibraltar), a whole array of old Naval “sweats,” and pins them down on the paper alive and kicking.
We predict a considerable future for this lively young author whom Henry Williamson has described in The Adelphi, as “a born writer” and of whom J. C. Trewin has written in The West Country Magazine: He is a major discovery in the literature of the West of England.”