The Berry Scene

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House of Stratus, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 360 pages
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These stories, written in response to huge popular demand, give us classic Berry Pleydell - Yates' finest comic character - at the top of his form. The first story sees Berry capturing a German spy at a village cricket match in 1914, and things get more bizarre from then on. A self-consciously nostalgic work harking back to more decorous days consisting of tense plotting and high farce of the best kind.
  

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Contents

In Which Withyham Pays the Piper
41
In Which We Talk With Big James
78
In Which We Play For the Village
103
In Which I Make Daphne a Present
138
In Which Berry is Attacked by Lumbago
172
In Which Berry Meets Mr Wireworm
211
In Which We Fight for Our Rights
241
In Which Berry Keeps a Diary
278
In Which Berry Dispenses Justice
303
Epilogue
337
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About the author (2001)

Born Cecil William Mercer, into a middle-class Victorian family with many skeletons in the closet, including his great-uncle's conviction for embezzlement from a law firm and subsequent suicide, Yates parents somehow scraped enough money together to send him to Harrow. The son of a solicitor, he qualified as a barrister while still finding time to contribute stories to the Windsor Magazine. After the First World War, however, he gave up legal work in favor of writing full time. He went on to complete some thirty books ranging from light-hearted farce to adventure thrillers. The Berry series established Yates' reputation as a writer of witty, upper-crust romances, and he was also very successful with the thriller genre though the character Richard Chandos. As a consequence of his education and experience, Yates' books encompass the genteel life--a nostalgic glimpse at Edwardian decadence and a number of swindling solicitors, and he regularly featured in bestseller lists and was greatly admired by both readers and fellow authors.

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