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Jon Godden

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ISBN 10: 0701118105 / ISBN 13: 9780701118105
Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 1971
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Psychedelic mandala type jacket design by Carol Barker. ***First impression of the true first edition. ***Very good in purple cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. No inscriptions. Pages clean and bright. ***In a very good colour illustrated dustwrapper which has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of £1.75. Extremities very slightly rubbed and creased. Edges of interior jacket flaps slightly browned. Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed and creased. Back panel of dustwrapper slightly discoloured and rubbed (white background). No tears. Dustwrapper bright. 251 pages. 204mm x 134mm. ***'Margaret Starr is a well-off middle-aged widow with an ostrich-like tendency to evade the more unpleasant realities of life. One evening she returns alone, exhausted and depressed, to her lonely old house in the country after a week in London. She immediately senses something is wrong in the house. She does her best to shrug off this apparently irrational feeling but there is something puzzling about the untidy state of her usually orderly rooms and something disturbing in the manner of her only neighbour, Major Palmer. She awakens in the middle of the night, convinced that there is someone else in the house. In near panic, she telephones Major Palmer and together they search the house. ***What they discover is only the first of many shocks and twists that will mean weeks of terror and humiliation for Margaret Starr. ***This is a novel of genuinely compulsive suspense and horror which is only too painful and credible. It is also a sensitive and moving portrait of a warmhearted but complacent woman who is forced in the most extreme circumstances, to face realities she has always shunned and to learn that pity, without sufficient thought or knowledge can be unwise, even dangerous.' (Quote from inside jacket blurb). ***'It is a long time since I have read any English novel so poetic, so dramatic, so convincing, so moving' - V.S. Pritchett. 'Beautifully written --- her novel has great suspense. She is a really gifted writer' - Pamela Hansford Johnson (review quote about 'The House by the Sea' from back of jacket blurb). ***Jon Godden was the sister of Rumer Godden. 'She began to write in 1938 when she was living in Calcutta, and her novels have received high praise on both sides of the Atlantic.' (Quote from inside back jacket blurb) ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Bookseller Inventory # 2100

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Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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