The Grayles have lived at Hartleap since Canute. They know this and are proud of the fact. Now they stand round the bed of their eldest nanny who is about to slip away.
Ada Stephens â known as Nanny Grayle and well into her nineties â will not go quietly. In the strange clarity which comes with the last remission, she looks at the saddened faces about her and surprises them all. She says that the most adored of her charges, Rufus, is 'tainted' and that his father, the revered war hero 'Beau' Grayle, was 'wicked'. None of them is going to get anything in her will - she has left everything to her nephew, Robert.
Thus begins the final demolition of a once-proud house. Slowly, from Sunday to Thursday, as they attend to the many small duties that follow death, their dark secrets unravel. The family must face the fact that their way of life, and the glory which was Hartleap, will slide into Nanny's grave with her. As the terrible truth becomes known, they must desperately try to close ranks.
First published in 1997, this is Dirk Bogarde's sixth and final novel.
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