A long hot summer in the Pentecost house promises the usual mayhem. Gaylord manages to persuade his mother to allow Christine, a German au pair, to stay. With the help of the pretty fräulein he discovers his awakening interest in the fairer sex. Momma notices that other people seem to appreciate Christines teutonic charms too, while ten-year-old Amanda falls hopelessly in love with Gaylords friend, Roger. Before long, Gaylord is wishing the heady days of summer would never end, while for Momma the first hint of autumn cannot come soon enough.
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.