16 August 2018

Jocelyn Playfair copy

Here Jocelyn Playfair (1904-96) looks very much the daughter of a Lieutenant-Colonel and wife of a decorated Major-General; scarf neatly tied, not a hair out of place. Yet her novel, PB No. 32 A House in the Country (1942), is a careful questioning of why countries go to war. Written, of course, in the moment of a global war when no-one knew what the outcome would be. It’s also incredibly romantic. Why oh why hasn’t it been adapted for the screen?