Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Downstairs at Ramsey's
Author: James Leigh
Year of publication: 1968, Panther edition 1970
Back cover blurb: 'What's up down stairs?
Just a friendly little 'game' of emotional blackmail, hasty passions and statutory rape, played between
(you read it right)
The fourteen-year-old nymphet with a nineteen-year-old build - and what a build!
Delilah's foster-father, struggling none too successfully with impulses that no-one could describe as paternal...
The emotionally screwed-up artist who isn't satisfied iwht having Delilah just pose for him - not even in the nude.
Around these three characters, plus the endearing, eavesdropping H. Victor Ramsey from upstairs, James Leigh weaves a humorous, compassionate story of the generations in conflict - in and out of bed.'
Quick flick reveals: Wrongness. Oddly for a book that is packaged as an exploitation version of Lolita, this book is censored for language.
Random paragraph: 'The thing looked half as long as a railway carriage. It was low, and sleek, and even to my sceptical and conservative eye it had a certain undeniable beauty. It was fit for a princess, though perhaps a princess from another planet, or from some future century. And it was gold.'