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About Anthony Thorne:
Anthony Thorne, born in London in 1904, was educated at St. Paul's School, at Keble College, Oxford, and in the course of many travels. He worked at publishing and advertising until the wide success of his first novel 'Delay in the Sun' (already published as a Penguin), made him take to writing as a career. During the War he served in the Navy as Ordinary Seaman, and later, as Intelligence Officer.

'Fruit in Season', his third novel, was written in the country, where he had moved to by 1951; and its theme, the personality and influence of a decaying mansion, has nowadays even more significance then when the book was first written. Other novels include an Anglo-French satire, 'Cabbage Holiday', and 'So Long At the Fair', of which there was a successful film version

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Thorne, Anthony. 'Fruit In Season', published by Penguin, 1951, 224 pages. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon
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  • Fruit In Season [top]
    First published in 1938 in Great Britain
    Reprinted in 1951 in paperback by Penguin Books

Storyline: This is a story of the magic of place-and of its effect on character. A large, decaying mansion in East Anglia is the background for the lives of four young children, a background which has all the more influence on them for the fact that their widowed mother, who lives in a world of her own, has very little time for them. When she suddenly dies, the family is split up, the children separated, and the empty house falls into decay and silence. But 17 yrs later, Catharine, the eldest daughter and inheritor of the house, has an idea that is unusual, absurd, extravagant. Why not reopen the house for one brief fortnight in the summer, make it come to life again for the last time-and bring back to it, for a holiday reunion, the four adults who so long ago had played here as children? What effect will it have on them now?

 
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