Keyes, Francis Parkinson - The Royal Box. Book club, 1954. Laura Whitford, a widow, with important connections but very small means, disliked Americans, and therefore favoured the suit of Jacques de Valcourt, a wealthy young Frenchman, for her lovely but browbeaten daughter Althea, against that of the almost equally wealthy Hilary Thorpe, Counsellor of the American Embassy, whom Althea loved. When Baldwin Castle, newly appointed ambassador to the oil-rich country of Aristan, and his bride, Cornelia, arrived in London unexpectedly, the duty of entertaining them fell on Hilary. Cornelia, was proving 'difficult', insisted on a theatre party at the current hit, starring Janice Lester, the toast of two continents. The house had been sold out for weeks and Hilary was at his wits' end when Lady Laura Whitford informed him that the Royal Box at the famous theatre was available and that if he acted quickly, Hilary might secure it for his party. ... (Wrapper flap). 7½" x 5", 278pp, blue cloth, hardback. Spine sunned, page-edge 'browning', slight endpaper 'browning', very good, complete with good ('dusty', edge-wear/tears, 'browning') wrapper.
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