ABOUT THE BOOK: The Thirties, a decade of decadence and depression, ending in war. This hardly has an effect on Ron and Mervyn, our intrepid pleasure seekers. Disregarding the rumblings of war in Europe, and dancing to a dying tune, they join the waning fast-set, cruising the Norwegian fjords on luxury ocean liners and sailing up the Nile on serene feluccas.
Explore the bygone age of first class sea travel and luxury oriental hotels, summer on the glaciers, and the heat of Cairo’s social season. All seen through the eyes of Ron and Mervyn, the gayest pair of lotus-eaters you will ever encounter.
J.A.Wells has succeeded in painting a dense, yet frivolous view, of a time now lost to the journals of debutants and dowager duchesses. In the first of his duology,
J.A.Wells uses his rich imagination, creating a colourful cast of living and breathing characters.
We will wonder what may become of the pairing of Ron and Mervyn, poles apart in age and class, yet similar in inclination.
Pomp and Circumstance
Book Two of The Merry Millionaire Duology
ABOUT THE BOOK: In this second book of his duology, J.A.Wells utilises his finely tuned sense of period and historical fact to transport us to a world of caleches, feluccas, mummies and mosques, through which his masterfully drawn characters cavort with gay abandon, caring little for what might be around the corner and naively ignorant of the catastrophe which would end a decade of decadence and depression.
Played against a backdrop of spy-ridden Egypt, pre war England, abdicating Kings and unexpected coronations, we continue to share further travel adventures with our intrepid explorers, Ron and Mervyn, as they discover far more than simply the mysteries of the orient.
After a venturesome jaunt up the Nile, back in Cairo we find Ron and Mervyn at Shepheard’s Hotel, where the fascinating Lee Miller has invaded the Long Bar. A flamboyant party at Baron Empain’s Palais Hindou serves to whet their appetites for the supernatural. Then joining the luxury ship that will take them home, they rub shoulders with Egyptian royalty, learning more than they should regarding the secrets of the palace. Using his newly found entrepreneurial skills, Ron organises an on board concert, Mervyn’s angelic voice and good looks stealing the show. Ghosts are on the agenda once more at an overnight stay at London’s Great Western Hotel.
What may become of the pairing of Ron and Mervyn, poles apart in age and class, yet similar in inclination?
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