This - as only Norman Collins can tell it - is the story of Stanley Pitts, a contracts filing clerk in the Admiralty, a small man - small in stature, small in ambition and achievement, happy in his work, and devoted to his hobby of photography. For Stan himself, his latest failure with the Civil Service Selection Board might not have mattered too much. But it mattered to his wife, Beryl. For Beryl is a social climber....
Anna is the story of a woman and an era. Against the background of France and Germany at the time of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, Norman Collins tells with great brilliance the story of Anna, a beautiful woman. Born in Rhineland, when she was 19 she fell in love with a French cousin whom she followed to Paris on the eve of the outbreak of war. When he was killed by her compatriots she found herself in besieged Paris, destitute, alone, and a German.
"I liked the author.... but..."
Set in the early 50s in the aftermath of the war, The Bat that Flits tells the story of James Hudson, a research assistant in bacteriological warfare. On arriving in Bodmin to start work at the Government centre based deep in the moors, Hudson finds a suspicious note placed on his pillow. Setting out to discover the origin of such a letter, Hudson becomes entangled in something much more sinister than he could have imagined....
This is a collection of essays on essays on Smollett, Lawrence, Austen, Dickens & others, by a man who went on to write a number of hugely popular novels. The classic book on the craft of writing, this is Norman Collins’ first published work.
The authentic account of the great Gnome Revolt, Little Nelson is the intimate and moving story of the tender relationship between a runaway garden gnome and a Vicar's spinster sister. The action takes place during the memorable Gnome uprising when the whole country was, for 12 months, in the grip of forces of garden Gnomes numbered in the tens of thousands. Little Nelson himself emerges as a national figure. Named after the distinguished Admiral, Little Nelson reveals all the characteristics of his predecessor - fiery devotion, dedication, and eventual self-sacrifice.
Set in Edwardian London, this is the absorbing story of the life-long conflict between the love and ambitions of unrepentant sinner John Marco.
The flames in the title are by no means merely symbolic: they are the real flames of an Andean volcano in wild eruption. And it is in this hot, insane world of ashes, lava and earthquake that the business mission of Harold Dunnett, the young audit clerk, comes to sudden disaster. Sent out by his firm to investigate the suspicious trading affairs of Senior Muras, Mr. Dunnett, always very careful of his professional reputation, finds himself being drawn into a human jungle
Set in an off-the-map British Colony in Central Africa in the early 1930's, The Governor's Lady portays a host of interesting characters: young Harold Stebbs, bachelor, newly appointed to the Governor's secretariat in Amimbo; the Governor, Sir Gardnor Hackforth, already something of a Pro-consular legend in the Service, and tipped by The Times for the next Viceroyship; Mr. Frith, the passed-over Acting Chief Secretary, a rather too familiar figure at the bar in the Milner Club; Tony Henley, the A.D.C., who has ultimately to be disowned