Hill, Pamela - The Incumbent. The Book Club, 1975. Those outside spoke of William Heatherton by repute, for they did not know him, as a stern and forman man. To picture him as having fathered children was perhaps impossible. He was the figurehead, the granite pillar. His father had wanted him, like his elder brother, James, to be in ironmaster. But their mother had been adamant- William was to be set aside for the service of the Church. During his ministry, Savill's Old Kirk became and remained the first church of the city and for William's well-to-do parishioners, he was the symbol of convention and formality, so hightly respectable that he coulg get away, quite literally, with murder. William Heatherton married twice - the first time to Marie Vanneau, a young Frenchwoman who had suppressed yearnings to be an artist rather than a minister's wife; Marie knew as little about sex as she knew about her husband and in the rigid oppressiveness of her domestic and social life, she was browbeaten into almost total submission. Even her brief love affair with young Paul Chantal ended in tragedy - the Reverand William Heatherton's judgement was without pity and neither Marie nor Margaret, the strong-willed woman who was to become his second wife, could live with the terrible truth. (Wrapper flap). 8" x 5", 320pp, red buckram, hardback. Binding slightly 'cocked', very good complete with very good wrapper that has a sunned spine.
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