Cheap Day Return, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Kent Stuart left the West Country town of Redcliffe Bay more than thirty years ago, pursued by the guilt and shame of a scandal that cost him his youth and happiness.

Having led an exciting life as a photographer, Kent now returns to find a town that bears little physical resemblance to the one he left so many years before.

Yet in spite of this, memories come flooding back of a young man swept up in a passionate affair with an older woman, which ended in tragedy. And Kent must decide whether, by revisiting Redcliffe Bay, he can come to terms with the past and start anew.




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I find Delderfield more readable than this normally, but then at the same time he's slightly in the "guilty pleasures" category because his books are never a fantastically exciting or literary read. Maybe I like the mundaneity of his prose, with the details of life built up in small layers. This one's about the twenties and early thirties in a small seaside town in England; the small-town atmosphere is well-done but the male/female relationships are humdrum.