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Description - Cross Purposes by Henry Cecil

The 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 Details

ISBN: 9781842320457
ISBN-10: 1842320459
Format: Paperback
(205mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: House of Stratus
Publisher: House of Stratus
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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