Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for such novels as The Old Wives' Tale, the Clayhanger trilogy (Clayhanger, Hilda Lessways, and These Twain), and The Card.
This book is a comedy, delicately satirical, with dialogue of rapid-fire. The action happened to family riven into unexpected chaos by the offer of a baronetage to a man whose determination not to accept it was equaled only by his wife's resolution that he shall… What happened next?