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‘Untamed Youth’

‘It’s only just the other side of the bridge. We can walk it in quarter of an hour. What do you want a taxi for?’ ‘Not for me,’ he said. ‘But you’re a rich woman.’...

A crushing sadness

‘Shopping?’ ‘A bit. But it’s for the pictures really. There are always two or three English-speaking pictures.’ ‘By yourself?’ ‘Andy won’t go except to the foreign-language ones. He got me to go a couple of...

jungfrau climb conquer virgin

I’d like to climb it one day

The moon was high in the southern sky. It lit the ground beneath their window and the crowding distant peaks of the Oberland. Hibson pointed. ‘That’s the Jungfrau, isn’t it?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘I’d like to climb...

As though they were blessing them

In the troubled water above the sluice-gates, half a dozen swans were waltzing with slow grandeur, swinging round with the current, backing and then, effortlessly, gliding into position again. Above them, perhaps twice as many...

Tonight’s not the night

Over by the bar a couple of tables were occupied by women. Two of them came over. The leader, a brunette in a tight, black dress, introduced herself and her companion. ‘I am Jeanette and...

A night to suit the mood

‘You know what?’ Hibson freed himself. ‘What?’ ‘We need another drink.’ They strayed from bar to bar, taking a couple of drinks in each. About midnight they came out into the Grande Rue, not far...

Another life

Leverett pointed up at the building in front of them. There were lights at a number of windows, but the two top floors, with a single exception, were dark. There, in the corner, there was...

He needed a drink

In England, in this mood, he would probably have telephoned Angela. There would have been an inconsequential, affectionate conversation, interrupted continually by the demands made on her by the children, and in the evening he...