Australian author Barbara Jefferis' first novel
First UK edition, first printing, hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 204pp.
The author's first book (published in Australia as Undercurrent). The action takes place over one day, Miss Doxy's birthday, a day described on the two levels of the present and the past intertwined. In a series of vivid flashbacks to her childhood and youth, tragic family happenings are revealed, fraught with love and hate, jealousy and fear. The facade of Miss Doxy's adult life has been smooth enough, but behind lies an unhappy and bewildered past which is driving her to a day of reckoning.
The book is in very good condition. The dustwrapper has a repaired tear to the back panel and slight rubbing to the edges but is acceptable.