The author was educated at a boarding school in southern England and Trinity College, Cambridge. For a number of years he played regularly for a top amateur football club, while working as a freelance journalist, teacher and writer in London. In 1963 he made his first teaching visit to Texas, where he obtained much of the background for his first novel, A Premature Affair, and its sequel, The Seymour Inheritance, an adventurous novel about betrayal, corruption, and obsession. He has travelled widely elsewhere, teaching in Germany the United States and Canada, and it was during these teaching assignments that he obtained experience and a wider understanding of school play productions, particularly Shakespeare, and the difficulties and exhilaration inherent in them. In 1982 he returned again to Texas with his wife and three children to teach and coach drama and soccer before settling in Somerset, England, to pursue his writing career.
The Seymour Inheritance: Sequel to A Premature Affairby Richard W Joyce, Sarah Joyce (Illustrator)
In this sequel, young teacher, Adam, determines to expose the complex conspiracy which brought about the unexpected death of his friend and colleague, Bill. In the company of two of his former students, he
This book is the sequel to 'A Premature Affair', the captivating tale of love, life, intrigue and, ultimately, death, set in the dusty plains of North Texas.
In this sequel, young teacher, Adam, determines to expose the complex conspiracy which brought about the unexpected death of his friend and colleague, Bill. In the company of two of his former students, he sets out to discover how and why Bill died, who killed him and who gave the orders.
But as the plot slowly unravels, it becomes apparent that the pursuers are themselves the pursued, unwitting victims of that same conspiracy which destroyed Bill. Their pursuit can have only one desperate end.
The themes in this book are both contemporary and timeless. The author warns against the dangers that can accompany irrational obsession and urges balance and tolerance in ones affairs. "We live in days of violent beliefs and inflexible adherences. But purposes pursued too intently may sometimes turn and destroy their author...."
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