An Indecent Obsession
by Colleen McCullough
Harper & Row, 1981, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription on front end paper, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing, bumping, staining, chipping and creasing to edges and corners (see photographs)
“The Mental ward of a military hospital on a tropical Indo-Pacific island at the end of World War II is the setting for Colleen McCullough’s eagerly awaited new novel. Ward X is a self-contained world for its five remaining patients and their nurse, Honour Langtry. Not only is it physically isolated; the type of illness it harbors sets it apart from the rest of the hospital. For Ward X is the “troppo” ward, its inmates soldiers who have broken under the stresses of jungle warfare.
Honour Langtry cares deeply for the five men now in her charge – the ward leader, Neil Parkinson, blind Matt Sawyer, sickly Nugget Jones, the sadistic and amoral Luce Daggett and the severely withdrawn Benedict Maynard. Each is very different from the others in background, temperament and the nature of his problem, but all are bound together by the routine of their days and – above all – a shared and possessive devotion to their nurse. The last thing she and they anticipate or want at this late date, with the hospital soon to close, is a new admission.”