Robin Sparrow is a weedy little man who always wears a white suit and cap to match. He has a serious problem because he is stricken by obsession. The only thing that fills his mind and his life is the strong desire to fly without the use of any kind of mechanism. Worst still, he firmly believes that one day he will turn into a bird and fly away.
He has two friends, Tom Chirk and Will Cardrew who work with him and the adoring Sheila, to whom he confides his intentions. She falls in love with him but he continues to reject her because he believes that he will soon fly away. His friends try to help but they are unsuccessful in getting him to change his mind. They contact his step-sister who tries to reconcile their relationship but she is unsuccessful because he will not forgive her.
A number of people become interested in him including reporters a scientist, the Secret Service agency and a book writer, much to the despair of his landlady who is constantly disturbed by visitors for her tenant.
His dreams begin to turn into a feathery reality so he drives to the White Cliffs of Dover to sally forth with his newly-sprouted wings into infinity.
This is a great fantasy and a delight to read.
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About the Author
At the age of five-and-a-half, I was evacuated to Cornwall just after the start of World War II and started writing at the age of eight-and-a half. I loved making up stories and writing them down. On returning to London, after the War had ended, I lived with my parents in a Council flat in the East End of London. We were very poor like many others there. I went to a grammar school but couldn't cut it, leaving on my fifteenth birthday because of my weak showing in examinations. I became a gents hairdresser and a year later became the youngest qualified gents hairdresser in Britain working in the West End of London.
I continued writing, researching and learning which became a matter of latent development. At the age of eighteen, I ran in the marathon for Britain in the Olympic games in Helsinki in 1952. Thereafter I was drafted into the Royal Air Force to undertake my National Service. Two years later I joined the Royal Navy on a one-year short service commission and sailed around the world. In 1956, I ran the marathon in the Olympic Games in Melbourne. Shortly afterwards, I obtained a contract from the BBC to write six one-hour plays for television but America seemed to beckon me. I went there and almost starved to death three months later. Then I managed to get some work on the film Anatomy Of A Murder with Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick but for eight years after I could only get work writing 'B' films, many of which never saw the light of day. Then in 1965, I managed to get a commission with The Graduate. At that time my mother was greatly concerned. The film studios were cutting back because of the impact of television and MGM was going bust. I contacted a colleague in the Midland Bank in London and took a number of exams. I wrote scripts by day and studied by night taking forty-three exams in all in Banking. Law, Economics, Accounting and Marketing ending up with thirty-eight letters after my name. I also took a test with Mensa, my IQ emerging at one hundred-and-fifty-one. Not bad for a school failure who left on his fifteenth birthday.
Suddenly everyone in Hollywood wanted a part of me. I continued with a number of films such as Capricorn One, All The President's Men, Zabriski Poiint, They Call Them Giants, and so on but I realised that if I continued to work so hard I would eventually go insane. So I returned to England but shortly went to Tenerife to live in a paradise called Puerto de la Cruz. After four years, I became bored lazing in the sun all the time and sold my apartment, returning to London. However I didn't like the City at all so I returned to Cornwall where I had been evacuated. There I met a woman who became my third wife. Since that time, nearly thirty years ago, I have written over twenty-five books, a hundred-and-thirty short stories of five thousand plus words, a hundred and thirty poems, some of which have worn awards, many radio plays, theatre plays, television series and films. I also have a website with twenty-six full length musical and over four hundred songs which are currently on sale. In addition, I run a pro bono (free of fee) service to anyone with problems who cannot afford a solicitor. I have represented some of them in the Crown Court in Truro and have never lost a case.
Naturally there are some wonderful stories about most of the events mentioned above but this is a very very brief biography even though there's a lot more to tell.