At The Height Of The Moon
The chaotic Pentecost home is thrown into further turmoil by the arrival of three young visitors: the enigmatic David; the beautiful Jenny with her penchant for older men; and Emma, Gaylord’s feisty cousin. Gaylord usually handles those around him with ease and cunning – but he has well and truly met his match with Emma. Then, without warning, a threat from outside enters their lives. The idyllic countryside surrounding the Pentecost’s home holds an unknown danger as fear takes a grip. Eric Malpass skilfully maintains his sense of fun as tension mounts and the danger gets ever more acute.
Author biography:Eric Malpass worked in a bank after leaving school, but his firm ambition was to become a novelist and he wrote in his spare time for many years.
His first book, ‘Morning’s at Seven’, was published to wide acclaim. With an intuitive eye for the quirkiness of family life, his novels are full of wry comments and perceptive observations. This exquisite sense of detail has led to the filming of three of his books. His most engaging character is Gaylord Pentecost – a charming seven-year-old who observes the strange adult world with utter incredulity.
Eric Malpass also wrote biographical novels, carefully researched and highly evocative of the period. Amongst these is ‘Of Human Frailty’, the moving story of Thomas Cramner.
With his amusing and lovingly drawn details of life in rural England, Malpass’ books typify a certain whimsical Englishness – a fact which undoubtedly contributes to his popularity in Europe.
Married with a family, Eric Malpass lived in Long Eaton, near Nottingham, until his death in 1996.