Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 316 p.
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In the gentle precinct of Aldminster Cathedral, crisis
loomed. The urbane and worldly Dean (Purdey guns and the
regular arrival of a delivery van from Berry Brothers) wanted
nothing so much as to restore and beautify his beloved
Cathedral--even if it meant sacrificing the Choir School to pay for
it. Alexander Troy, Headmaster of the school, a
conscientious man, somewhat out of his depth with his elusive and
poetical wife (once seen walking barefoot in the dew across the
Cathedral Close) was determined that nothing and no-one-certainly
not the overbearing Dean-should destroy the Choir.
As the rift widened into Machiavellian dimensions, many others
found themselves caught in the schism--Leo Beckford, brilliant but
wayward organist, repelling the adoration of the Dean''s dreadful
daughter--the gentle, left-wing Bishop, trying to soothe the angry
protagonists--Sally Ashworth, mother of the leading chorister,
fighting loneliness and an erring and absent
husband. Each frail and human dilemma took its part in
the greater turmoil of Chapter and Close and the final battle for
the survival of the Choir.