An earie story, symbolic rather than realistic, a story of atmosphere, created by place and people. Beautifully written, and showing rare promise and originality, if once the author can grasp at reality. This is a hard book to place -- a story of a family escaping life into a dream world of their own, -- the father a brilliant young critic married to a lovely dancer, whose mind goes after the birth of their first child, and the three children, two of whom have inherited the taint of insanity. On the eldest falls the problem of giving them a sense of security -- and this is crashed when reality comes to them in the persons of Paul, a neurotic writer who has rented a neighboring cottage, Tony, an irresponsible artist, and Max, who brings them ""rumour of heaven"" in the vision of an island where a new civilization can be founded. The author is the sister of Rosamund Lehmann. A book for a limited market -- but an author to watch.