From one of the twentieth century's bestselling authors, R.F. Delderfield, this is a book about one man's dissatisfaction with his small life, and his desire to break free.
It happened on the second day of the summer term. Was it caused by the smell of lilac, the droning of the bees, or the French incense which Lane-Perkins had set alight?
Nobody knew, but that spring afternoon following a heated exchange with a pupil, Sebastian Sermon, a forty-nine-year-old schoolmaster, experiences a brainstorm. Dissatisfied with his life, he leaves his job, wife and children, and takes to the road.
In the months that follow, Sebastian discovers that excitement and romance are not only for the young. He does things he has never done before and finds that he has talents which no one, least of all himself, had ever suspected...
Mr Delderfield's manner is easy, modest, heartwarming - Evening Standard
R F Delderfield is a born storyteller - Sunday Mirror
Sheer, wonderful storytelling - Chicago Tribune
It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well - Books and Bookmen
'He built an imposing artistic social history that promises to join those of his great forebears in the long, noble line of the English novel. His narratives belong in a tradition that goes back to John Galsworthy and Arnold Bennett' Life Magazine - Life Magazine