By Ann Bridge
While Julia undertook to discover her cousin, Colin Munro, final heard of cruising a yacht off the north coast of Africa, the hunt appeared lighthearted sufficient. yet, prior to she had comprehensive, she used to be concerned with Moorish old buyers, a Belgian girl archaeologist, Purcell, the enigmatic barkeeper, and American airman, the saurian Mr. St. John, and diverse different characters fascinating or sinister. Julia’s seek takes her a cargo-boart to Casablanca, and thence to Tangier, Fez and Marrakech. Her ’dumb-blonde’ attractiveness, camouflaging a full of life intelligence, will get her via unforeseen problems and hazards. Colin is located, and the mysterious cause of his disappearance finally published. . .
The first in a chain of 8 Julia Probyn novels, The Lighthearted Quest monitors a mix of humour and experience which transports us to unique areas and introduces us to enjoyable humans, but in addition throws a great deal of gentle at the explosive political matters that French Morocco encountered within the 50s.
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God help him, he was a teenager who got a real kick out of growing vegetables. ’ Uncle James asked. ’ ‘Oh, my poor boy,’ Leah said, for perhaps the fifth time, from the other side of the table. There was a comforting smile on her race and a small, sympathetic groan in her voice. ‘Muuum,’ Alban said, glaring at her. Leah just smiled more widely. 39 Alban passed the bowl of peas towards the head of the table. Actually, it’s a cushion, Uncle,’ he told Uncle James. God, this was embarrassing. He was horribly aware he must have sounded like a little child calling Leah ‘Mum’ like that.
Andy just smiled. Alban’s dad was normal in comparison; thinner, with straightish black hair already going grey. He had a kind–looking face with crinkly bits round his eyes that usually made it look like he’d spent his life smiling, but which occasionally – if you caught him just sitting alone, staring into space the way he did sometimes, and he hadn’t noticed you – made him look very sad, until he realised you were there. ’ Leah said, still smiling across at Alban. Alban’s mum was slight and pale but with the sort of cheerful character people usually associated with somebody twice her size.
He laughed, waved his arms. ’ He laughed louder. It was 1997. They were in Singapore attending a toys and games trade fair, promoting Empire! (unashamedly, in an ex–imperial outpost, Alban had pointed out) and the other products of the Wopuld company to wholesalers. The day’s work was done, the trade fair over, their display was being packed away in the exhibition centre and they had a free evening plus a day off to follow so they were in a quiet corner of the main bar of Raffles, drinking Singapore Slings because Fielding had this thing about Geographically Appropriate Alcoholic Beverage Consumption – Manhattans in Manhattan, etc.
A Lighthearted Quest by Ann Bridge