Dead Man Leading

An early thriller from V S Pritchett


V S Pritchett


Chatto & Windus, London, 1937
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Printing Details

First edition, first impression hardback, bound in the original cloth. 19.5 × 12.5cm. 314pp.

An early novel by V S Pritchett, and a thriller telling the story of an expedition by three Englishmen into the Brazilian jungle; a journey which turns into an obsessive quest for the truth behind a missionary's disappearance seventeen years earlier. The three men are each linked in different ways to the same woman in England, and her presence overshadows the whole narrative. At the centre of the expedition is Harry Johnson, the son of the missing missionary-a solitary explorer-hero who is obsessed by the woman, Lucy. Charles Wright, the leader of the expedition, is Lucy's step-father, and Gilbert Phillips, the journalist accompanying the party, was once her lover.


This scarce first edition is in fair condition only. The cloth binding is faded and a bit bumped to the spine, which also has a lean. The page edges are browned but the main body of text is in good clean condition and the binding is secure. Previous owner's name to ffep (Lilian Haddakin, a writer on the works of George Crabbe).



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