Peter McMullin was born in India, educated at King’s School, Canterbury, served in the Grenadier Guards and the Intelligence Corps before taking a degree in languages at University College London. At the age of 27 he took up medicine, qualifying at Edinburgh University. He trained in Scotland, England and the United States and worked as a consultant paediatrician in West Cheshire and Tehran. He has published numerous scientific papers, a book on childhood epilepsy, two books about Thomas Mann and some short stories and travel pieces. This is his first novel to be published. He is married with five children and lives in East Sussex.
India in the late days of the raj, England in the great slump of the 1930’s; these are the settings of this story of family interaction and decline. James and Dorothy Martinmas appear to inhabit a sort of Garden of Eden in the green hills of souther India. But there are serpents: in the past and in the present.