London/Melbourne/Toronto: Heinemann. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. [bottom corners bumped, boards bowed slightly outwards; jacket has a ragged closed tear and tiny chip at top left of front panel, a couple of tiny nicks at bottom of rear panel]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "For ______ / For beside his bed / sometimes! / With love / Mary." Uncommon book, which resembles a children's book but isn't. It tells the story of a five-year-old boy who "goes to a world above the clouds, across the River of Analgesia, where he meets other 'Chooldren' -- children who have returned across the River, or who have not yet been born," and is described as "an allegory woven about the questions which have always vexed mankind: birth and death, suffering and compassion, eternity." The author (1911-2005), the wife of actor John Mills and the mother of actress Hayley Mills, was a playwright and novelist who is probably best known for her second novel, "Whistle Down the Wind," which was made into the 1961 film of the same name -- which starred Hayley, then on her way up the ladder of child stardom. Signed by Author . (Inventory #: 23698)
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