‘There was no one in the room. Blinds and curtains were closed; the light of the skies, if any, was shut out. … Only the fire was alive, consuming its life-for what? Then the door opened and as Claudia came with hurried steps into the fire’s glow, two open letters in her hand, the telephone began ringing. She shut the door and turned up the lights.’
Claudia Heseltine returns to this moment three times in a series of parallel narratives. As the novel presses the re-set button, she accepts each invitation, one by telephone, two by letter, to a specific social event, and in doing so her life goes down a different path with its own possibilities and achievements, sorrows and disappointments. This is an inventive novel, published in 1931, which contemplates the consequences of a single decision.
|Dimensions||130 × 190 mm|
Theodora Benson (1906-1968) was the daughter of the Honourable Godfrey Rathbone Benson, 1st Baron Charnwood. She published her first novel, Salad Days in 1928, and Which Way? (her fourth) followed in 1931. Her published works included short stories and travel writings, as well as collaborations with Betty Askwith.