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"Nya", originally published in 1938 was the first novel of Stephen Haggard who worked in the Intelligence Service in the war. It tells the story of a love affair between a man in his twenties from an English middle class background and a thirteen-year old girl, brought back to England after a childhood in Nyasaland. The theme of the story is not the impossiblity of their love, nor the violation of the child but the chastity of the lovers. The book attempts to reconcile passion with respect for normal conduct. The cultural context of the events may have altered in the intervening years but the ancient argument between nature and custom, encountered by this novel, continues today.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192821350
  • 9780192821355

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A warm, appealing story - though some may dismiss it as sentimental and unreal. The story of Nya, aged thirteen, who comes back from Africa to England to be brought up by her uncle and aunt; and of her love for Simon, twenty-four, who meets her on the jetty, takes her sailing and tries to protect her from the misinterpretations the average adult would put upon their relation. She is a strangely mature child, perceptively developed, and her feeling for Simon and his for her is made thoroughly understandable. The story ends on a note of looking forward. A book for a rather specialized audience. Read and see for yourself. We liked it. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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