The Heir, Paperback Book
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As his elderly relative lies dying, insurance salesman Mr Chase stands in the wings, waiting to inherit.

Yet once in possession, he deems the manor house to be entirely impractical; a burden, whose only useful purpose is to be sold for capital.

For him, the house holds none of the charm that had so beguiled its former mistress.

But as the wheels set in motion for the sale, an inexplicable change beings to take place within him, and he finds himself falling deeply - and irrevocably - in love with the very house he had once so scorned.


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I particularly love the way Vita Sackville-West writes. I can become immersed in her horticultural books even though there is no chance that I will ever be able to use the information. <i>The Heir</i> is a short book, written, according to Sackville-West "in 1922, or it might be 1921". Nearly 30 years later, Martin Secker asked her if it might be reprinted. She worried that it was too sentimental, too slight. Thankfully, it has remained available, and reprinted once more, very beautifully, by Hesperus.When an elderly relative died, leaving her considerable property to her heir, Mr. Chase, a diffident insurance agent, he initially deems the place without charm, impractical. In fact, the only thing to do is to go along with the advice of solicitors and sell. However, in the weeks prior to the sale, he becomes quite endeared to the house, his aunt's greyhound, the peacocks in the garden, even the rank moat. I raced through the story to end the suspense. How could it possibly go well for Mr Chase? For the farmer tenants? Although the story was inspired by another house entirely, Sackville-West must have thought of it often when she acquired the almost derelict Sissinghurst Castle a few years later.

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