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When Mr Alec Quigley, superannuated insurance clerk, leaves the Bedfordshire bungalow of his indomitable niece Angela and makes his way to the Spanish village that he once read about in a history book, things are unlikely to go smoothly. A man with many foibles, not least his tendency to fantasise, his guardian Angela wants him home before he can get into any of the frequent scrapes that have dogged his - and, of late, her - existence. He is, however, intent on carving out a new life for himself in the Spanish interior and soon enlists the help of Fernando the fireman, Jorge the restaurateur and Salvador the soak to repel the imminent invasion of Angela. When love between himself and Fernando's older sister rears its hypnotic head, the stage is set for a showdown between Mr Quigley, reality and his niece. This is, according to Mr Quigley, a true story.
The idea for this book came from my decision to update an article by Roy C. McCullough entitled "Insurance Rates in the Courts" published in the June and July 1961 issues of the Insurance Law Journal. When this project began, the intention was to produce a similar journal article surveying insurance rate litigaÂ tion between 1960 and the present using basically the same organization followed in the seminal article. However, the volume of reported cases during the last twenty years was much larger than anticipated and the issues being litigated had expanded dramatically. The project grew as my study progressed, and the resulting book surveys more than three hundred disputes involving insurance ratemaking and insurance rate regulation. The fruition of this project would not have been possible without the consistent encouragement and criticism of Roy McCullough, and it is with gratitude that I acknowledge his continuous and valuable assistance to me in this effort. Once an initial draft was prepared, a number of my associates cooperated by reading and commenting on the manuscript. I would like to give special thanks to Michael J. Miller and James F. Perry who unselfishly shared their time and knowledge to improve this work. Needless to say, none of those who read the manuscript is responsible for any errors in concept or detail that may remain.
An adventure that began at night, in an English country lane beside a red phone box, leads Annie the midwife to her dream job in Southern Africa. She loves this new life and writes to her Australian half-sister of births and elephants, malaria and sunshine. She tells of the children, her new colleagues, her delight at getting an ambulance for her community. Gradually though she realises something is wrong. Mothers and babies are dying when they should not.A plot emerges. Drastic action is required.The problem is solved in Africa. But Annie knows the story began in England and returns home to finish the job. She faces danger and violence. The trail leads via Splendival, a most respectable summer festival back to her own hospital. .
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