IN FOR A PENNY by Oliver Anderson

IN FOR A PENNY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A mad extravaganza which deals with more eccentrics per paragraph than anything to date -- this is an English import of three ply British humor. Basil Chancery, wanting to return to the country, accepts an answer to his ad and yoicks off to The Rectory, Podder Inferior by Dodder-in-the-Bottom, where the Reverend Stephen Pocket's four children present nightmare problems. Doris who is always being copd Martha who is mystical, Kate whose appeal is to the five senses, and Hugo whose caddishness is balanced by his painting, inspire Basil to devise a fine swindle -- for with the three girls all writing books, he fabricates a mammoth deception. Enlisting radio, the flummery blows sky high, with publishers, English and American competing for the books, the movies stepping in and success beyond any conception in foisting the spurious Finger legend off on an open-mouthed public. This literary bubble is threatened by exposure, but all is saved and the Finger Fiddle is secure. Naughtily insouciant, bravely British in its admixture of learning and horseplay, this is rather for the Anglophile than the unwary reader.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1950
Publisher: Morrow