HUGH WALPOLE in this book has done in a remarkable manner a piece of interpretative fiction. His Thirteen Travellers are passengers, so to speak, in a coach that is beset on all sides by armed bands and destructive forces. His characters are of the London life he knows so well and we see them caught in the grip of an elemental force, their landmarks obliterated, striving to make the old life go in a world that is awry.
Peter Westcott, an old friend to all Walpole readers, reappears and there are a group of others through whose lives we step into a life full of the little-known dramas of the tragic years of 1914-19.
In effect the book is a cross-section of London life, including within its scopes many types and social levels, all of them contriving to create an illusion of a rich period of human experience, vividly remembered and faithfully and dramatically set down. One moves from figure to figure with keen expectancy and with each comes the sense of a new glimpse of a human heart, of contact with life as it is.
Contains two ghost stories.