Merlin Bay

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"She glanced at her watch. They would be in Merlin Bay in less than half an hour now. Her heart began to beat more quickly. Something was waiting for her at Merlin Bay. She didn't know what it was yet, but she would know soon-in a day, in a week, perhaps. Certainly, when she passed this spot again at the end of the visit, she would know why Michael had wanted her to go there."

So begins Mrs. Paget's month-long holiday as she journeys with the rest of her family to visit her grown-up daughter Pen and her grandchildren, who have moved to Cornwall to reap the benefits of the fresh Cornish air.

But teeming beneath the calm surface of seaside life lies a whole world of secrets, infatuations, hopes and dreams. Over the course of their stay, visitors and residents of Merlin Bay become entangled in each other's lives, disrupting the stability of Pen's seemingly calm domestic life.

From the elderly Mrs. Paget, who visited the bay on her honeymoon nearly fifty years ago but who has never returned, to Pen's teenage daughter Stella, struggling to find her place in the world and feeling her first pangs of desire whilst her younger siblings play innocent childhood games on the beach, in Merlin Bay Crompton skilfully depicts the trials and tribulations of British domestic life. Will the hopes and desires of each family member be realized by the end of their stay? And what secret will Mrs. Paget unearth?

Richmal Crompton's adult novels are an absolute delight and every bit as charming as her beloved Just William series. A nostalgic treat for fans of the gentler brand of interwar fiction, this is the perfect heritage read for fans of 1930s fiction at its best.

To sustain interest at such a pitch, while keeping strictly within the confines of everyday life, is a proof of very genuine art indeed
Observer

About Richmal Crompton

Richmal Crompton was born in Lancashire in 1890. The first story about William Brown appeared in home magazine in 1919, and the first collection of William stories was published in book form three years later. In all, thirty-eight William books were published, the last one in 1970, after Richmal Crompton’s death

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Books by Richmal Crompton

William the Good
William the Good
William the Bad
William the Bad
William
William
William's Happy Days
William's Happy Days
William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
William the Outlaw
William the Outlaw
William in Trouble
William in Trouble
Still William
Still William
William at Christmas
William at Christmas
Caroline
Caroline
Chedsy Place
Chedsy Place
The Holiday
The Holiday
Journeying Wave
Journeying Wave
Marriage of Hermione
Marriage of Hermione
Narcissa
Narcissa
The Old Man's Birthday
The Old Man's Birthday
Portrait of a Family
Portrait of a Family
Steffan Green
Steffan Green
There Are Four Seasons
There Are Four Seasons
Just William
Just William
More William
More William
William Again
William Again
William the Fourth
William the Fourth
William at War
William at War
Just William - gift edition
Just William - gift edition
Still William - TV tie-in edition
Still William - TV tie-in edition
More William - TV tie-in edition
More William - TV tie-in edition
William Again - TV Tie-in edition
William Again - TV Tie-in edition
William The Fourth - TV tie-edition
William The Fourth - TV tie-edition
William in Trouble - TV tie-in edition
William in Trouble - TV tie-in edition
William the Outlaw - TV tie-in edition
William the Outlaw - TV tie-in edition
William the Conqueror - TV tie-in edition
William the Conqueror - TV tie-in edition
William at War - TV tie-in edition
William at War - TV tie-in edition
William's New Year's Day (Short Reads)
William's New Year's Day (Short Reads)
Just William - TV tie-in edition
Just William - TV tie-in edition