Beyond Everyday Life

Julian Symons

  • The Blaze of Noon by Rayner Heppenstall
    Allison and Busby, 166 pp, £6.50, July 1980, ISBN 0 85031 288 4

Some time late in 1939, around the time World War Two began, I met Rayner Heppenstall in the street, and we went to a pub, no doubt to exchange gloomy views about our likely futures. His first novel would be coming out soon. ‘It might sell a few copies in the rubber shops,’ he said.

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[*] Two Moons (Allison and Busby), Portrait of the Artist as a Professional Man (Peter Owen) and The Greater Infortune (Peter Owen) are the other books mentioned here that are still in print.