By (author) Henry Cecil
Cross Purposes by Henry Cecil
Book DescriptionThe Bartons are a happy family who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Then, one day, Mrs Barton wins a large sum on the football pools and their lives change forever. The Bartons are a kind couple and they use their newly won fortune to help their family and friends. This leads them into a tangled web of serious legal and moral problems and they find themselves worse off than before.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842320457
(205mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Imprint: House of Stratus
Publisher: House of Stratus
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Henry Cecil
Natural Causes, Paperback (October 2000)
Alexander Bean is humiliated in court by Mr Justice Beverly. He swears revenge. He engages the services of Sidney York to blackmail the judge. Sidney dies in a mysterious accident. The judge and his family fall under suspicion. Thus Alexander Bean becomes involved in a story that runs out of control before reaching an unexpected conclusion.
Tell You What I'll Do, Paperback (October 2000)
Harry Woodstock is a lazy but amiable criminal who would rather live by fraud than by working .He is very comfortable in prison. When out of prison he tries to avoid a violent criminal. Understandably, Harry feels safer in prison so thinks up ways to get himself inside again. His amusing story ends with an ingenious solution.
Painswick Line, Paperback (October 2000)
Lucy Meeson-Smith works at a bookmakers. Her employers become suspicious and allege fraud. At her trial it is revealed her father studies form and is a brilliant tipster. The judge's personal life is complicated by his son who is deeply in debt. These personalities are brought together in a lively and unexpected way in this witty novel.
No Fear or Favour, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Henry Cecil
'If everyone had a perfectly clear conscience, the blackmailer would have no chance'. So begins a trial in which the judge is himself blackmailed. Unwittingly 'picked up' by a 'respectable-looking girl' he finds his career and personal life threatened. Can Mr Justice Slaughter save himself ?
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Author Biography - Henry Cecil
Henry Cecil, known to many as His Honour Judge H.C. Leon, MC, was a High Court judge as well as a famous author. He wrote during the three-week-long family holidays which were usually spent in comfortable hotels in Britain. He would sit in a deck chair in a sunny garden, exercise book on lap and pen in hand, writing from 10 am to 1pm, then again from 2.30 to 4 pm each day. His writing career is attributed to his Second World War experiences. Sailing around the Cape on a 'dry' troop ship on the way to Cairo, the colonel asked his adjutant (Cecil) to tell stories to keep the officers' minds off alcohol. The stories were so popular that they became a regular feature, and formed the basis of his first collection, 'Full Circle', published in 1948. Thereafter, the legal year, his impressions at court, or at other official functions, as well as dinners at the Savoy Grill or at his club, the Garrick, all provided material for his considerable brain power. Many of his stories were made into films or plays - notably 'Brothers-in-Law' and 'Alibi for a Judge'. These and other books have also provided a stimulus for those wishing to take up law as a career. They are a delight for those who look for authenticity in the most aptly described British characters. Cecil died in May 1976, still at the height of his mental powers.
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