Other People's Worlds - William TrevorLondon, Sydney & Toronto: The Bodley Head, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine, price clipped, otherwise a very well presented copy.
From the cover: “Julia Ferndale is a pleasant middle-aged widow, and her world in a Gloucestershire town is a pleasant one. Francis Tyte, an actor whom she has met by chance and hopes will be her second husband, lives in a far less pleasant world, bleak to the point of being frightening, and beyond it lies the equally uneasy realm of pathetic, disordered Doris Smith, the mother of Francis’s child. Francis has a small part in a television reconstruction of the celebrated Constance Kent murder case, and the figure of Constance has come to fascinate him. The world of Francis and the world of Julia are both worlds tragically, but very differently, flawed by illusion. The worlds collide, and the collision is the beginning of a horror that ends in death. In the end we are left to ponder disturbing questions about the nature of victims and the nature of predators — perhaps, above all, the question of whether Julia is a near-saint or a foolish woman. One thing only is certain: she cannot be said to have been defeated.”