By J.I.M. Stewart
the pinnacle of apartment at a minor public tuition, Robin Hayes, has to damage the scoop that his solicitor father has been came across to blame of embezzlement and sentenced to 2 years in an open felony. He now feels he must end up himself afresh, yet issues come up whilst one other junior scholar seems to be the grandson of the pass judgement on who handed sentence on his father. still, the men do shape a dating. an odd intervention in Robin’s existence comes with beneficiant presents of money from his uncle, who's additionally probably equally helping his father. This, although, is simply the history to a customary Stewart secret. There happens a double kidnapping, the daddy without warning and inexplicably rejects his son, the son is going to items and there are enough sub-plots to supply sufficient twists and turns to grip the reader because the ultimate twist within the story develops.
The writer: John Innes waterproof coat Stewart (who additionally wrote as ‘Michael Innes’) was once born in Edinburgh the place his father was once Director of schooling. He attended Edinburgh Academy earlier than going as much as Oriel collage, Oxford the place he was once offered a firstclass measure in English and gained the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and used to be named a Bishop Frazer student. After a quick interlude traveling with AJP Taylor in Austria, together with learning Freudian psychoanalysis for a yr, he launched into an variation of Florio’s translation of Montaigne’s Essays. This thus helped him safe a submit instructing English at Leeds University.
In 1932, Stewart married Margaret Hardwick, who practised medication, they usually accordingly had 3 sons and daughters. by way of 1935, he were offered the Jury Chair on the collage 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 an instantaneous good fortune and a part of a protracted operating sequence focused on ‘Inspector Appleby’, his fundamental personality whilst writing as ‘Innes’. there have been nearly fifty titles accomplished below the ‘Innes’ banner in the course of his profession.
In 1946, he back to the united kingdom and spent years at Queen's collage in Belfast, prior to being appointed scholar (Fellow and show) at Christ Church, Oxford. He used to be later to carry the submit of Reader in English Literature of Oxford collage and upon his retirement was once made an Emeritus Professor. when by no means eager to go away his liked Oxford completely, he did be capable to healthy into his busy time table a vacationing Professorship on the college of Washington and was once additionally honoured by means of different Universities within the united kingdom.
Stewart wrote many works below 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 huge forays in other places, particularly Italy), a number of brief tale collections, and over 9 discovered works at the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling and Hardy. He used to be additionally a contributor to many educational courses, together with an important part on smooth writers for the Oxford heritage 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 fashionable for its wit, plots and literary caliber, when the non-fiction is said as being definitive.