Where the River Bends - J. M. (James Maurice) ScottLondon, Melbourne & Toronto: Heinemann, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the first blank page — without provenance, alongside a laid in ms. that is illegible to me.
From the cover: “Everything smooth and pretty as it is now, and then suddenly round the corner. Where the River Bends is a fascinating adventure story with an unusual background. It is every bit as vivid and compelling as Mr. Scott’s highly successful Sea-Wyf & Biscuit.
Peter Morland has been commissioned to write the history of a refugee family which in two generations has built up a vast fortune in England. It seems an easy pot-boiler, for every one of the Rubinsons is forthcoming, anxious to be well reported. But Peter becomes more and more intrigued by the only member of the family of whom they are loath to talk.
The Rubinsons appear a little shy even of the memory of John. He and his cousin Nigel, now head of the family, escaped with four others from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma. But only Nigel returned to England to tell how one by one his companions had died.
Peter meets Mary Greenwood, John’s fiancée, and Parley Hamilton, an American journalist. Together they stumble on a very strange trail and travel back through time, back through the Burmese jungle on a journey from which there can be no turning aside.”