The Wrong People

October 30, 2020
The Wrong People

Set against the seedy backdrop of 1960s Tangier, The WrongPeople (1967) is the story of Arnold Turner, a repressed Englishschoolmaster on holiday in Morocco, where he meets Ewing Baird, awealthy American expat with a dark secret. Ewing lavishlyentertains him and even provides him with a young lover, but asArnold becomes more and more involved with Ewing he realizes onlytoo late that he has been lured into a dangerous trap – and hisonly chance of escape is by helping Ewing to carry out a sinisterplan.Drawing in part on the author's real-life efforts to expose theAfrican sex trafficking trade, Robin Maugham's first explicitlygay-themed novel was both a critical and a commercial success,being reprinted several times – including in the important GayModern Classics series – and was optioned for a film version by SalMineo (Rebel Without a Cause). This edition includes a new forewordby Maugham's longtime partner William Lawrence.'I can only think of a handful of novelists who can play thereader like a hooked fish with comparable ingenuity andsuppleness.' – Francis King, Sunday Telegraph'A very well-told story, every move nicely calculated andundeniably shuddery.' – Daily Telegraph'A gripping thriller. Storytelling at its best.' – SundayExpress