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The Question

(1998)
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Anyone expecting sweet-as-saccharin writing from actress and cake-baker extrordinaire Jane Asher will be sorely disappointed in The Question--a stylish, acerbic novel which treats its topics of betrayal and revenge with a caustic wit that is at once aggressive and intense in its execution. The glacial and detached Eleanor--late fifties, well preserved, hitherto uncomplicated and affluent lifestyle bolstered by the successful career of her husband, childless but content--discovers that her 30-year marriage has been a sham, and as the full impact of John's transgression forces her into action, Eleanor turns into a wilful and calculating shrew hell-bent on revenge. There is never any doubt that Eleanor will make her perfidious husband pay for his misconduct, but Asher's canny treatment of a familiar subject pushes the story to its limit, making it a surprisingly classy and pleasingly unpredictable study of a woman who all but loses her sense of reason to the green eyed monster.

The Question certainly cannot to be compared with the cosy aga-sagas that perhaps one would automatically associate with Asher's familiar public persona. Instead, be prepared to be ambushed by the sharp writing, a plot that tumbles tartly into overdrive from the very first line, and the dramatic twist that shapes the ultimate, pungent and shockingly cruel ending.--Susan Harrison

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April 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Question (Charnwood Library)
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 0-7089-9069-X / 978-0-7089-9069-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print)
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June 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 0-00-225647-9 / 978-0-00-225647-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 0-00-734962-9 / 978-0-00-734962-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 0-00-651045-0 / 978-0-00-780949-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 0-00-225805-6 / 978-0-00-225805-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

January 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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January 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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October 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 1-84648-000-0 / 978-1-84648-000-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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October 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
ISBN: 1-84648-012-4 / 978-1-84648-012-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Question
Author(s): Jane Asher
Publisher: HarperCollins
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