Doom's Caravan - Inscribed - Geoffrey Household 1971 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition First edition of this collection of seventeen short stories, inscribed by Geoffrey Household:

For Dee & Maurice with love Geoffrey 30.iv.71

‘The Middle East. 1941. Captain Oliver Enwin, interpreter for British Intelligence, has gone missing and it is up to one of his fellow officers, the story's narrator, to track him down. In the course of his investigations of a colonel's widow and her daughter, Valerie, living a lonely life in a high valley in Lebanon, he comes across the trail of the missing officer.

But the narrator's life is also threatened, and he must forge a pact with the man he has been sent to find, as well as making both women his allies. But who can be trusted in such uncertain times? And will the two men alone be able to suppress a German-inspired Arab revolt that threatens all their lives?’ – Orion

  Geoffrey Household (1900-88) might very well be a contender for one of the most eclectic career paths of all time. After studying English literature at Oxford, Household joined the Bank of Romania as an assistant confidential secretary, though he quickly abandoned this to travel to Spain, becoming the chief marketing manager for the United Fruit Company, dealing specifically with bananas. He then wrote several children’s plays for Columbia Broadcasting System, worked as a traveling salesman in South America and the Middle East, and then, served as a member of the British intelligence service during the Second World War, before settling down to write novels following the allied victory.

Octavo (book size 20.4x13.4cm), pp. 224. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘£2.00
net 40s.’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine light spotting to fore-edge, in near fine mildly toned dust jacket   Ref: 109991   Price: HK$ 1,000