habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write." Gabriel Fielding
This book belongs to David:
the eldest son, the most beloved, idolized by his mother and by young John. David is following the path set out by his mother
- into the Church. He cannot, however, follow as obediently in spirit. His early rebellions are small: when he drowns his
mothers highly prized cat, he is forgiven. When he takes over the girl John has brought down for the weekend, brotherly love
is strained, but David's charm wins all. When David promises that the woman will never set foot in the house vicarage again,
Mother prays for him in thanksgiving. Deftly, with palpable supense, the drama builds; incident upon incident, until
David's final tragedy which leaves a permanent, unforgettable mark on the Blaydons - and the reader.
Pretty Doll Houses
Doll Houses is a study of childhood and adolescence written with dazzling charm and insight. It is set
in the 1920s and 1930s, and although the form is fictional, the content seems even more autobiographical then the earlier
novels. He writes of the house Tullagee, in Sussex, where his early years were spent; of the family's life in the Yarm-on-the-Trees
where his father was vicar; and of the adolescent years in Anglesey, where John Blaydon's mother, the self willed Kathy, decended
from the novelist Henry Fielding (from whom Gabriel Fielding has taken his own pen name) contrives to rule her family, including
her ailing husband, and to indulge her religious instincts with many local church activities although still yielding to a
romantic association with a former lover.
The Birthday King
The Birthday King describes
Hitler's Germany from the inside of one wealthy industrialist family, part Jewish and part Catholic, entangled in political
and financial alliance, frought with petty jealousies, treacheries, fears, and aspirations. His most critically aclaimed book,
It won the W.H. Smith Award in 1963, is a must read. Described as the 'best novel so far about the rule of the swastika' The
Birthday King attempts nothing less than a geneology of evil, an entiology of the malevolence of the Nordic mind.
In The Time of Greenbloom
In the Time of Greenbloom begins the story of two children, bound by nearly an innocent
bond of understanding and love. They are together only briefly, but in each other's thoughts always. Through all the quiet
days of their childhood, a blind evil is gradually evoked. It never seems quite real. Then suddenly it strikes and all the
aloof adults are as frighteningly ineffectual as the children themselves.
Gentlemen In Their Season
The approach of this extraordinary novel to marriage is via its converse - adultery. It provides thereby
a tale that, in application is almost scandalously true, yet also highly comic - especially since the gleams of lust and desire
that emanate from its characters far surpass their skill in performance. This book deals with three gentlemen in their offseason-of
infidelity. Two of them work for the BBC, the third is in jail for killing his wife's lover.
The Women of Guinea Lane
The Woman of Guinea Lane follows the hero of earlier Fielding novels, John Blaydon. He has just begun work
as a junior hospital doctor at the Guinea Lane Hospital in London, under the eye of a formidable woman doctor concerned
with her own research into dying patients. His growing involvment with the life of the hospital, his tender relationship with
the enchanting Minna, his encounter with the Major Bellayr, a sinister figure who may hold the key to events in his own past,
all are conveyed with the sense of detail and eye for atmosphere of a born novelist.
Frog Prince and Other Poems.
Volume of poetry published in 1952
Volume of poetry published in 1956
Through Streets Broad and Narrow In this sequel to the acclaimed
In the Time of Greenbloom, John Blaydon "runs head on into the paradox of Ireland, attempts to solve it single-handed
and gets his heart and most of his head broken in the process. The manner of his undoing is told in a series of brilliant
pictures, evocative, authentic, macabre, or hilariously funny. . . . Mr. Fielding has written an original novel of vitality,
wit, and compassionate insight."—Isabelle Mallet, New York Times Book Review
Queens for Old, A Novella and Nine Stories
The meticulous, intricately intelligent tone of these stories gives Gabriel Fielding's
whole collection a uniquely astringent flavor. The range, both in tone and subject matter, is wide - including detailed, lucid
investigations into the implications of men's actions in strange locales.
Chance, a prison doctor and recent convert to Catholicism, comes for a holiday in an international zone of North Africa.Here,
in this highly charged, sinister and most un-Catholic atmosphere, his faith and safety are challenged. Eight Days is a book
conceived in a jungle of evil aqnd illicit love. In a symbolic way all the people are blown sky-high in the noisy fireworks
of the last day- and light succeeds.