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First edition. Inscribed and signed by author on front endpaper ('With the respects of the author, Nigel Patten, Villar [?] Juillet '67.'). 1967 Hard Cover. 255 pp. 8vo. Author's first novel. Issak flees his native Antwerp after committing a terrible crime. Settling in Snowdonia, he builds a home in the hills and founds a family with Rachel, a vagrant gypsy woman. But he remains haunted by his past with Julie, his one true love, and the conviction that his eldest son will in some way pay for his father's past sins.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born near London in 1940, Nigel Patten has lived permanently in Switzerland since 1962, where he writes novels and teaches English in an alpine lycée, preparing the French baccalauréat. He considers Greece his second home and for 18 years spent the two summer months sailing among the islands in his 35ft yacht Magellan. A keen cross country skier and mountain walker, Nigel Patten has hiked the famous GR20 in Corsica and climbed summits like Mt. Kilimanjaro. His love for travelling has led him to driving overland to India and back. For forty years he has directed and acted in an English-speaking theatre on Lake Geneva and has played roles like Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady. Nigel Patten has published six novels, including the award-winning HOUNDS OF SAMARIA, which is also published in French. He is holder of an Outstanding Teacher Award from Chicago University. A lover of classical music, his favourite composers are too numerous to list.