The Prophet Bird - Esther Terry WrightLondon: The Bodley Head, 1958, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded.
From the cover: “You’ll have to remember that your father is just a poor naval officer who went to the war. I know, said Charles, People talk to Daddy as if he was just an old tramp, and really…
This is a story of war and peace. Mary Nightingale, daughter of a conventional doctor, marries Arthur Waters, a nomadic naval officer, and spends the war years in a welter of separations, near-deaths and splendid encounters, in a happy company living in the here and now of wartime.
Then, bewildered parents of two sons, she and her unpredictable husband are flung into the chaos of peace, separated from their own kind in the industrial midland town of Grievehampton. Arthur characteristically escapes first and Mary is left to face and fight the horrors of the Welfare State, both armed and hampered by her belief that people matter more than systems.
This endearing young couple are subjected to all the rapid social and economic changes of post-war England, yet remain uncompromisingly themselves. They meet their many difficulties not with anger or self-pity, but with irrepressible zest and laughter. The Prophet Bird is a tonic — and a reassurance: as long as there are people like this the English spirit will not be stifled.”