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The Upas Tree is the story of Ronald West a novelist of romance and his loving and unselfish wife Hellen West. The story takes place in England but Mr Ronald West continues his journey to Central Africa where his next novel is set. He finds himself alone and a very changed man in this new environment of Central Africa.

The Upas Tree is and African Tree that alter the psyche when one sleeps under it, as Mr West did this himself when doing some experimental work for his next romance novel. he woke the next day and as a result of the tree became manic, confused, sleepless and, according to his wife, Mrs Helen West, utterly, preposterously, altogether selfish. This strange tree and additional elements in the story such as 13 foot-tall African grasses, a purloined letter, a Cello with a life of its own and a mirror that does not quite reflect what it observes, turns The Upas Tree into a strange Christmas story.

The last hour of Christmas Eve ticked slowly to its close. On all around grew that sense of the herald angels, bending over a waiting world, poised upon outstretched wings. The hush had fallen which carries the mind away to the purple hills of Bethlehem, the watching shepherds, the quiet folds, the sudden glory in the sky. The old Grange was closing its eyes at last, and settling itself to slumber. One by one the brightly lighted windows darkened; the few remaining lights moved upwards.

Find out what happens when Mr Roland West comes home to his wife with a whole new perspective on life and way of thinking. To Helen and Roland some things are not as the seem...

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