Fortinbras Has Escaped
When the Pentecost home is completely cut off by floods, Gaylord is excited by the endless possibilities for fun and drama. Poppa and Grandpa are simply annoyed at the inconvenience, while Momma becomes resourceful and practical. Into this confusion come three uninvited guests, shattering the Pentecosts cosy isolation. The widowed Helena Darling arrives in a mink with her Pekinese, Feydeau, only to stir the passions of Grandpa; while her nephew, Rufus, finds love with the vibrant Hilda Twegg. And looking on with amazed disbelief at the behaviour of the grown-ups is the endearing Gaylord and Fortinbras, his white mouse? This continues the story of the Pentecost family told so far in Mornings at Seven and The Long Long Dances.
Author biography:Eric Malpass worked in a bank after leaving school, but his firm ambition was to become a novelist and he wrote in his spare time for many years.
His first book, Mornings at Seven, was published to wide acclaim. With an intuitive eye for the quirkiness of family life, his novels are full of wry comments and perceptive observations. This exquisite sense of detail has led to the filming of three of his books. His most engaging character is Gaylord Pentecost a charming seven-year-old who observes the strange adult world with utter incredulity.
Eric Malpass also wrote biographical novels, carefully researched and highly evocative of the period. Amongst these is Of Human Frailty, the moving story of Thomas Cramner.
With his amusing and lovingly drawn details of life in rural England, Malpass books typify a certain whimsical Englishness a fact which undoubtedly contributes to his popularity in Europe.
Married with a family, Eric Malpass lived in Long Eaton, near Nottingham, until his death in 1996.