This is the story of two English professors from the same University who are taking sabbaticals in London at the same time. Vinnie Minor is fifty four, of unremarkable appearance, a tenured professor, and the author of several books on children's playground rhymes. She loves London, and enjoys her career, but she feels that at her age, her days of excitement and romance are over. Then she meets Chuck Mumpson, an unsophisticated American tourist, who is a most unlikely choice for her foreign affair.
Fred Turner, the other professor, is twenty nine, handsome, untenured, and struggling to find enough money to pay for his sabbatical. In London, he meets the television actress Lady Rosemary Radley who is older than he is, well off, and possessive. Again, a very unlikely candidate for his foreign affair.
Fred and Vinnie barely know each other, and their stories are told in alternating chapters. They are both charming characters and the reader will sympathize with their problems. There is also wonderful humor in this Pulitzer Prize winning book.
This report prepared by Linda Bertland