Paul Today has a light easy-to-read writing style which is peppered through with light humourous touches.
Here the story of Ed Hartlepool, who appears in 'The Irresistable Inheritance of Wilberforce', is told following his return to England from his villa in the South of France as he realises his finances are in a parlous state and Hartlepool Hall, his family seat, in danger of repossession. Ed has to deal with an unknown visitor, one Lady Alice Birtley, his old friend Annabel and property developer boyfriend Geoff Tarset, and others who have designs on Hartlepool Hall and making as much of Ed's dire finances as they can.
It is a bittersweet tale of the perils of neglecting one's assets and living off the fruits of the labour of previous generations, as well as social changes that have accompanied the demise of many of the historically wealthy English land-owners. However, somehow Ed still seems to achieve a greater happiness at the end of the book.
Light-hearted and amusing in places, but not one of Torday's better books.