The Deptford Trilogy Robertson Davies Folio Society 2007


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The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies

The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business; The Manticore; World of Wonders. ‘Fifth Business’ – Dunstan Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man’s land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball, or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. ‘Fifth Business’ stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvellous is only another aspect of the real; ‘The Manticore’ follows David Staunton, a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father. As he seeks help through therapy, he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father; ‘World of Wonders’ – the third novel in Davies’s major work, tells the life story of the unfortunate boy introduced in The Fifth Business, who was spirited away from his Canadian home by one of the members of a traveling side show, the Wanless World of Wonders.”.


  • Folio Society First Impression
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2007
  • Red Cloth Hardback, 704 pp
  • Colour Illustrations by Peter Suart
  • Size 255 x 180mm, 2.1kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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