Horatio Stubbs is in trouble with women – not for the first time. For the first time, however, he is enjoying considerable success. Margey has yielded to his repulsive charms and wants to marry him. Yet a suspicion remains – are Margey’s motives pure, considering that (well, you have to face facts if you can’t escape them) she is probably a whore. Katie Chae is unmistakably a whore and does not wish to marry Horatio. Horatio is in luck there. A Dutch girl, Raddle, also has her eye, and sometimes her thigh, on him.
In the third (and last) of the Hand Reared Boy series, equatorial juices flow. Stubbs is now in Sumatra, the official war being over. But the birth pains of the new Indonesian republic interfere with Stubbs’s sexual involvements with, among others, two Chinese ladies.
FIRST EDITION: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1978
|1||Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1978||Hardcover|
|2||Random House, New York, 1979||Hardcover|
|3||Corgi Books, London, 1979||Paperback|
|4||as: Un Rude Réveil, Henri Veyrier, Paris, 1979||Paperback|
|5||Charter Books, New York, 1980||Paperback|
|6||as: Sper Vuur, Playboy Humour, Amsterdam, 1985||Paperback|
|7||Sanrio, Tokyo, 1986||Paperback|
|8||House of Stratus, London, 2001||Paperback|