How far could you go living in another's shoes?
Victor Canning was a prolific writer throughout his career, which began young: he had sold several short stories by the age of nineteen and his first novel, Mr Finchley Discovers His England (1934) was published when he was twenty-three. It proved to be a runaway bestseller. Canning also wrote for children: his trilogy The Runaways was adapted for US children's television. Canning's later thrillers were darker and more complex than his earlier work and received further critical acclaim.
'Quite delightful ... with an atmosphere of quiet contentment
and humour that cannot fail to charm.' Daily
Telegraph'There is such a gentle humour in
the book.' Daily Sketch'What counts for most in the story
... is his mounting pleasure in vagabondage and the English
scene.' The Times'A paean to the beauties of the
English countryside and the lovable oddities of the English
character.' New York Times'His delight at the
beauties of the countryside and his mild astonishment at
the strange ways of men are infectious.' Daily
Telegraph'A swift-moving novel, joyous, happy and
incurably optimistic.' Evening Standard
'His gift of story-telling is obviously innate. Rarely does one come on so satisfying an amalgam of plot, characterisation and good writing.' Punch