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This is an auction for THE PILLOW FIGHT by Nicholas Monsarrat. reviews:

“Passion, conflict and infidelity are vividly depicted in this gripping tale of two people and their marriage. Set against the glittering background of glamorous high life in South Africa, New York and Barbados, an idealistic young writer tastes the corrupting fruits of success, while his beautiful, ambitious wife begins to doubt her former values. A complete reversal of their opposing beliefs forms the bedrock of unremitting conflict. Can their passion survive the coming storm. . .?"

“Nicholas Monsarrat is of course best known for his tales of the sea. He will always be remembered for his iconic depiction of that campaign, the classic novel "The Cruel Sea" which is undoubtedly one of the great war stories of all time. However, Monsarrat also wrote some very different books, such as The White Rajah" and this one, the story of a marriage which begins against the background of injustice in South Africa under the apartheid regime. At the start of the story Kate Marais is a successful and cynical career girl from Johannesburg, and Jonathan Steele is a passionate idealistic young writer preparing a book about Africa. Despite the huge gulf between their ideas, backgrounds and values, they fall in love and eventually marry. The twist to the story is that in the second half of the book their values switch in opposite directions. This is a well written and entertaining story and those who like romance and relationship stories with a harder edge will probably enjoy it. Just don't expect it to be anything like "The Master Mariner" or "The Cruel Sea!"

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Hardback 1961.

375 pages.

Some wear to the dust jacket, otherwise good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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