When an enormous fortune is left to St Martha's College, the dons split into three factions: the virgins, the dykes and the old women (who, are in fact, men). As the arguments begin, Robert Amiss finds himself at the sharp end of a murder investigation.
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`The clever plot takes second place to the ebullience of the writing and spot-on inventiveness of the satire.'
-- Marcel Berlins, The Times
When Alice Toon leaves an enormous bequest to St Martha's College, the dons split into three factions: the Virgins, the Dykes and the Old Women (who are, in fact, men). Determined to do down the Dykes, the Bursar infiltrates into this maelstrom of academic politics her friend and ex-civil service colleague, Robert Amiss.
The Virgins believe the bequest should be spent in austere areas of scholarship; the Dykes want to spend the money on a centre for Gender and Ethnic Studies; the Old Women prefer more worldly pleasures, and are already dreaming of the vintages to be laid down in a new wine cellar.
Just as it seems the Virgins are getting the upper hand, one of their number is found dead…and once again Amiss finds himself at the sharp end of a murder investigation.
"I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport"
JILL NEVILLE, 'Evening Standard'
"A marvellously rueful grand finale"
JOHN COLEMAN, 'Sunday Times'
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Book Description Thorndike Pr, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6493289