I do enjoy a good Francis Durbridge. I can overlook the casual misogyny which pervades everything he writes because it pervaded most of society in the 50s and is part of the evocation of a previous era. Woman are devastatingly beautiful, fragile and irrational, and men are hard working, tolerant and shouldering the big worries in life. Occasionally, it is toe curling, so I'm only giving it 4 rather than 5 stars.
The plot is good fun and if I shut my eyes I feel like I'm lounging with a martini, like the 'leisured classes' so respected by Durbridge.
I'm very much enjoying these new Durbridge recordings outside of the Temple and Frazer canon.