Miles Lufton, M.P. is a self-made politician in Regency England. Apparently he has all the gifts: loving parents, agreeable siblings, a country parsonage home, good health, a fine wit, and boundless energy. But within the same exterior live two men: Miles, reasonable upright, trustworthy -- and Pronto, extra man, diner-out, weekend guest, chancer and flirt. Together they make a plausible public figure. Privately Miles longs to banish his disreputable alter ego, solve the moral conundrums of life and retire to his country house, Troy Chimneys. But this haven of peace, like the woman he loves, appears to be eternally out of bounds. Margaret Kennedy won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for this remarkable historical work, first published in 1953. A poignant study of inner conflict and lost opportunity, it is her finest and most unusual novel.