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The Parish of Long Trister Michael Ramsbotham

The Parish of Long Trister - Michael Ramsbotham

London: The Cresset Press, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Slight weakening to the hinges fore and aft. WH Smith lending plate to the pastedown but no further marks as usual.

From the cover: “Michael Ramsbotham’s first novel, The Parish of Long Trister, is a story about a group of people in a small Dorset village. The principal characters are the new Rector, the Reverend David Tasney, and Juliet Hanover, a girl of nineteen. Against his will and the advice of his strict, invalid mother, with whom he lives, David Tasney becomes involved in the affairs of the passionate Hanover family: Laurence Hanover, an eccentric radical, whose ruthless reforming zeal has taken him into and out of the Church; Ruth, his possessive and conventionally religious wife; and Juliet, their daughter, a sad and wayward girl, who is strangely oppressed by her home, yet bound to it by the strongest ties. Two family crises occur, with dramatic consequences. One is concerned with Clive Pullen, a problem child at a local school for maladjusted boys where Juliet works; the other with the emotionally crippled Robert Lovell, the son of Laurence Hanover fathered on a girl of the village before his marriage with Ruth. Both Clive and Robert are guilty of delinquent actions; but so, for that matter, is David Tasney — at least in his own opinion; and it would be a mistake to exaggerate the part delinquency plays in their story. The author is more concerned with the equivocal motives and actions of those who seek to do good and with the workings of the conscience — that eternal battleground of good and evil.”

Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 287 pages.
The Parish of Long Trister Michael Ramsbotham