Title: 'Us Four'
Author: Cyril Heber Percy
Illustrator: Michael Lyne
Hardback with Dust Jacket. Green cloth-bound. Gilt lettering on spine. Black printed image on front cover.
Dust Jacket in average but intact condition. Some fading and discolouration on the front and small spots of staining on the back. Signs of shelf wear to the top and bottom edges with minor tears and abrasions on these edges and rubbing to the folds between covers and flaps. Inside pages intact and in good condition. Non-author dedication from time of publication on front endsheet.
A memoir of four brothers, through early childhood, growing up and living through the First World War and their lives beyond those times. Illustrated throughout with paintings and drawings by Michael Lyne and archival photographs, evoking a feeling and flavour of the times and experiences described in the text.
Information from dust jacket:
"Colonel Heber Percy's new book is the story of four brothers, of which he was one, brought up by loving parents, strict but never tyrannical, upon a great estate flourishing in Edwardian times. it is almost a world in itself with it's large house, outdoor and indoor staffs, forestry, gardens, and animals. in this private world the boys are vital and eager for field sports which are described with zest. they are also robbers and gangsters, stealing fruit, carpenters' tools, and anything they want for their secret purposes, and engaging in escapades too numerous to list.
The Great War breaks across this carefree life. The boys take to poaching their father's preserves, while their home becomes a convalescent hospital with eighty beds. We see them later on, as soldiers, in the early 'twenties. We are finally told how they fared as adult men; and the thought lingers as one closes the book that this is the good life, not from the so-called privilege or money, but because of its hardness and upbringing which produces the natural man, and the daring and leadership for which the English were, and perhaps still are, known.
Anyone who has read the author's previous books 'Hym' and 'While Others Sleep wil only need to be told that, given such a subject, Colonel Heber Percy has excelled himself."