Title A Sour Apple Tree.
Book Condition Page edges browning and a little spotted, a near fine copy in a G/VG dustjacket with shallow chipping along the spine edges and several corner tips.
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Secker & Warburg: London. 1958.
Seller ID 38981
Spy thriller: the author's second book.
''(1923-1993) UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise in fantastic fiction. Early books, such as his first, A Scent Of New-Mown Hay (1958; vt The Reluctant Spy 1966), A SOUR APPLE TREE (1958), Broken Boy (1959) and A Ring of Roses (1965; vt A Wreath of Roses 1965), tend to manipulate the patterns of espionage and thriller fiction to buttress and ultimately provide explanations for tales whose effects are fundamentally akin to Gothic horror and fantasy. '' John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition.