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Touching Distance

Touching Distance

(2008)
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"A mystery story, a love story, a historical drama - I can't imagine a reader who would not be moved this book."
Janice Galloway


"Evokes beautifully a revolutionary world - science and politics in upheaval, the casualties strewn around."
Hilary Mantel


It is 1790. After ten years' training in the great medical schools of Europe, Alec Gordon has returned to Scotland to take up the post of Physician to the Aberdeen Dispensary. Alec has ambitious plans for modernizing medical practice in the town, starting with the local midwives, whose ignorance and old-fashioned methods appal him. But Alec's dreams of progress are thrown into disarray when a mysterious disease suddenly strikes the town, attacking and killing every newly delivered mother for miles around. Alec alone recognizes it as childbed fever, a disease more deadly than the plague, a condition that has baffled the greatest physicians of the age, an illness with no known cause and no known cure.Desperate to save his patients' lives, Alec sets out on an astonishing medical quest to conquer the disease. But while Alec struggles to find solutions that lie far in the future, his wife Elizabeth is increasingly lost in the past, prey to terrifying memories of her childhood in Antigua. As she knows and he will learn, some diseases lie beyond the reach of reason. Based on a true story, "Touching Distance" is a stunning historical novel that brings to life a fascinating period in world history, exploring the tragic limitations of knowledge and the deep-seated tension between reason and passion in the Age of Enlightenment.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: Touching Distance
Author(s): Rebecca Abrams
ISBN: 0-7505-3195-9 / 978-0-7505-3195-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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July 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: Touching Distance
Author(s): Rebecca Abrams
ISBN: 0-230-01555-7 / 978-0-230-01555-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Touching Distance
Author(s): Rebecca Abrams
ISBN: 1-4472-3674-2 / 978-1-4472-3674-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Touching Distance
Author(s): Abrams Rebecca
ISBN: 0-330-47257-7 / 978-0-330-47257-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Touching Distance
Author(s): Rebecca Abrams
ISBN: 0-330-44952-4 / 978-0-330-44952-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Touching Distance
Author(s): Rebecca Abrams
Publisher: Pan
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