Title Harlequin House
Book Condition Fair
Edition First US Edition
Size 312 pages
Publisher Boston Little, Brown & Company 1939
Seller ID 7372
Red cloth binding sunned, soiled and worn, spine fraying at edges. Corners and spine ends bumped, bottom corners revealing boards, book is cocked. Textblock edges, pastedowns and free endpapers lightly browned (seen before in this edition) and rather soiled, previous owner initials on front free endpaper; interior pages clean. No dust wrapper but front flap of original wrapper laid in. A reading copy only.; 'Mr. Partridge is a dapper middle-aged man who is bored with running his branch library and executing his slightly illegal maneuvers to make life richer. Lisbeth is bored with suitors and life at the rich seaside hotel. Ronny needs reforming. They take up Bohemian lodgings in London, where Mr. Partridge's mission is to protect Lisbeth. The novel is rich in details, especially those concerned with the unusual occupations they pursue, and is as clever and ironic as anything the talented Margery Sharp has penned.' Recommended, one of our favourite books by this author.; From the front flap of the dust wrapper: " "The Nutmeg Tree", a novel about a slightly unmoral woman named Julia, made a quiet appearance in the summer of 1937. Before the year was out "The "Nutmeg Tree" was cracking faces that hadn't smiled since 1929.
Readers cried for more. "Harlequin House' is the answer ... Harlequin House' is a mischievous, prancing and romantic novel about young Lisbeth who had her own way of accomplishing her ends.
Circumstances led to Lisbeth' s living in a Bohemian apartment in London. She lived with her brother Ronny, who was nearly as delightful as she, but needed reforming. Helping Lisbeth in this mission was one Mr. Partridge, middle-aged, gentle enough, but not averse to expressing his displeasure with civilization in a number of-well, slightly illegal-ways.
Lisbeth got a job with a firm called Wanted Women, Mr. Partridge donned kilts and helped promote The Bonnie Scotland Tea Rooms, and, Ronny, when pressed, drew legs and lingerie for advertisements. Then an attractive young American named Lester Hamilton entered their lives.
Readers are going to call "Harlequin House" as gay, as blithe, as delightful as "The Nutmeg Tree." " Image is actual copy on offer.
British Woman Author Novel, London, British Woman Author, Humour