From the cover:
"I look at those other creatures, my own, so deeply known...I shiver and I love. No young man ever came near that...I grew luminous, I walked about like a torch. But the light went down"
At the Manor House on the village green, the household waits in restless suspense. The master is in Bombay, the mistress, its temporary squire, is heavy with child and languorous. Her four young children distract her with their demands, her friend Caroline tells the squire of her latest lover, her restless adventuring a sharp contrast to the squire's own mood. And watching and waiting for the birth, the squire contemplates the woman she was, "strutting about life for spoil" and the woman she is now, another being, "occupied with her knot of human lives". First published in 1938, this is a beautiful and sensuous novel, exploring the themes of childbirth, motherhood and maturity in rich and delicate prose.
Enid Bagnold (1889-1981) spent some of her childhood in Jamaica but lived in London for most of her life. During the First World War she worked as a VAD nurse and later as a driver in France. The author of four adult novels, she also wrote the famous children's story National Velvet, and was a distinguished playwright.