The Education of Davey Porteous - Ronald ChapmanLondon: Collins, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “The betrayal of love is the hardest education of all. For Davey Porteous, such a betrayal marks a crucial moment in his childhood. Brought up alone in his grandmother’s house, he knows only the companionship of his nanny, the servants and his tutor — until the day when his beautiful and flamboyant mother bursts into his world and sweeps him away to a life he has only dreamed of — a house by the sea for the summer. But slowly, imperceptibly, his intoxication with her gives way to a sickening sense of disillusion, then betrayal, as he becomes the victim of his mother’s cynical abuse of her child’s innocence.
For appearances, as Davey learns, can be deceptive. The refuge of the calm Victorian house, the happiness of the pretty seaside cottage, even the warmth of a mother’s love, are an illusion. Trying to complete the mysterious and tantalising fragments of adult life that he hears and sees, he wanders into a dangerous world of passion, of squalid intrigue, perversion and a madness that leads to suicide.
Set in the early Twenties, Ronald Chapman’s novel is a fascinating and dramatic account of a child discovering an uncomfortable reality, as Davey is drawn irrevocably and at times unwillingly out of childhood.”