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THE ROOM OPPOSITE

& Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination

by FLORA MAYOR

With an Introduction by Richard Dalby

flora mayor , the room opposite
First published in 1935, Flora Mayor’s THE ROOM OPPOSITE and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination is impossibly scarce to find and thus commands a high price when tracked down. Excellent traditional ghost stories after the manner of M. R. James, who opined that those pieces "which introduce the supernatural commend themselves to me very strongly." James did not hand out such compliments freely. Sundial’s new edition will feature a highly informative Introduction by Richard Dalby.

Contains sixteen stories: 

 ‘The Room Opposite’, ‘The Kind Action of Mr. Robinson', ‘Letters From Manningfield’, ‘Tales of Widow Weeks’, ‘Fifteen Charlotte Street’, ‘The Unquiet Grave’, ‘Christmas Night at Almira’, ‘In the Bus’, ‘Mother and Daughter’, ‘Innocents’ Day’, ‘A Season at the Sceptre’, ‘The Lounge at the Royal’, ‘The Dead Lady’, ‘Miss De Mansaring of Asham’, ‘There Shall Be Lights at Thy Death', ‘Le Spectre de la Rose.’

Best known for her beautifully observed and otherworldly novel The Rector's Daughter, Flora MacDonald Mayor was a remarkable woman. She read history at Newnham College Cambridge in the early 1890s and then became an actress before turning to literature. She wrote short stories — her first book was a collection of short stories, Mrs Hammond's Children, published in 1902 under the pseudonym, Mary Strafford — and three novels; The Third Miss Symons (1913), The Rector's Daughter (1924) & The Squire's Daughter (1929).  She was also a writer of ghost stories, published in her sole clollection The Room Opposite greatly admired by many including the supreme master of the genre M R James.

Price: 17.50   Limited edition Hardback   ISBN-13: 978-1-908274

Book Dimensions: 210 148 mm   Publication Date: October 2014



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