First Edition (in dustjacket that presumably has 7/6 under the 3'6 price sticker at spine). Abbey dustjacket art. Author's first novel. "The father loses his wife in the war. This convention tied widower places all hopes in his children. The boy, revolting from chorister associations, accepts Omar Khayyam as his patron saint: the girl deserts for nursing". Very scarce. Near Fine but for small ink price at front endpaper, in nearly Very Good dustjacket, chipped at spine ends, modest edge wear and short closed tears.