By J.I.M. Stewart
Bannerman is a schoolmaster on his option to Florence to perform a little research. at the airplane, he meets a up to date scholar, Avery Brenton, who's vacationing to work out his divorced father. in spite of the fact that, Avery is younger and naïve and is being unwittingly utilized by his domineering mom. Bannerman reveals himself being drawn into concerns. Avery’s father is operating on a life-time research of Italian paintings and isn't that happy to determine him. input Mrs Mountpatrick, a pal of Avery’s mom, in addition to one other adolescence who's assisting his father. Very quickly, a delightfully entangled and complicated state of affairs develops, simply to be exacerbated through the arriving of Avery’s mom, a dominatrix who makes use of sex-appeal and a normal top category demeanour to exert her will. the story is instructed through Bannerman as narrator and is filled with suspense to thrill the reader correct as much as the unforeseen end.
The writer: John Innes waterproof coat Stewart (who additionally wrote as ‘Michael Innes’) used to be born in Edinburgh the place his father used to be Director of schooling. He attended Edinburgh Academy ahead of going as much as Oriel university, Oxford the place he was once offered a firstclass measure in English and received the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and was once named a Bishop Frazer pupil. After a brief interlude traveling with AJP Taylor in Austria, together with learning Freudian psychoanalysis for a yr, he launched into an version of Florio’s translation of Montaigne’s Essays. This to that end helped him safe a publish educating English at Leeds University.
In 1932, Stewart married Margaret Hardwick, who practised medication, they usually as a consequence had 3 sons and daughters. via 1935, he have been provided the Jury Chair on the college of Adelaide in Australia as Professor of English and had additionally accomplished his first detective novel, ‘Death on the President’s Lodging’, released less than the pseudonym ‘Michael Innes’. This was once a right away good fortune and a part of a protracted operating sequence targeted on ‘Inspector Appleby’, his basic personality whilst writing as ‘Innes’. there have been nearly fifty titles accomplished lower than the ‘Innes’ banner in the course of his profession.
In 1946, he again to the united kingdom and spent years at Queen's college in Belfast, earlier than being appointed scholar (Fellow and instruct) at Christ Church, Oxford. He was once later to carry the submit of Reader in English Literature of Oxford college and upon his retirement was once made an Emeritus Professor. while by no means eager to go away his cherished Oxford completely, he did be ready to healthy into his busy agenda a traveling Professorship on the collage of Washington and was once additionally honoured by means of different Universities within the united kingdom.
Stewart wrote many works lower than his personal identify, together with twenty-one works of fiction (which contained the hugely acclaimed quintet entitled ‘A Staircase in Surrey’, targeted basically in Oxford, yet with substantial forays somewhere else, particularly Italy), a number of brief tale collections, and over 9 discovered works at the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling and Hardy. He was once additionally a contributor to many educational guides, together with a big part on glossy writers for the Oxford background of English Literature. He died in 1994, the final released paintings being an autobiography: ‘Myself and Michael Innes’.
J.I.M. Stewart’s fiction is tremendously in demand for its wit, plots and literary caliber, while the non-fiction is said as being definitive.