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Taken prisoner during World War II, artist Richard Temple reviews his life in order to survive the interrogation and beating from his captors. The son of a church rector, Richard managed to escape his blighted childhood with his widowed mother - a woman sinking into drunkenness and promiscuity. His artistic gift is the one thing of value that he has to his name, but his life as a painter in 1930s London is cruelly depraved. He is temporarily rescued by the love of a beautiful, wealthy woman...but the failure of this relationship, and the outbreak of war, propelled him into the world of espionage and his current predicament at the hands of the Germans.
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"A rich examination of British and French culture on the eve of war." ( Library Journal)

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Complex and very slow to read no pace, and a disappointing read or listen compared to his seafaring books. Sadly abandoned the track after 4 hours listening . . . . . need I say more

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