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As Near As I Can Get

(1962)
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First published in 1962, "As Near as I Can Get" was Paul Ableman's follow up to his critically acclaimed debut "I Hear Voices". Following Alan Peebles, a young man struggling to become a poet, "As Near as I Can" depicts a mid-twentieth century London of offices, pubs and lodgings. Fuelled by drink through these desperate years, the narrator charts his encounters with women and fellow artists, as he seeks to glimpse a wonder in life barely discernible beneath the routine of every day. The novel was reviewed by Anthony Burgess, a greatly admirer of Ableman's work for its inventive language, bawdy high spirits and originality of form.

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March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: As Near as I Can Get
Author(s): Paul Ableman
ISBN: 0-571-31483-X / 978-0-571-31483-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: As Near as I Can Get
Author(s): Paul Ableman
ISBN: 0-571-25905-7 / 978-0-571-25905-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: As Near as I Can Get
Author(s): Paul Ableman
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA