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The Joy-Ride and After

(1963)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The Joy-Ride and After presents three novellas linked together by certain characters who reappear throughout the volume, and by their variation on the theme of loneliness and insecurity. The first tells what has led up to a young garage-hand 'borrowing' his employer's car, and its disastrous consequences. In the second a betrayed wife loses her memory after an accident, and finds herself on a barge with an old reprobate. The third is about the tribulations of a canteen manager with an inscrutable boss and an extravagant wife. Whether they live in slum tenement or suburban semi-detached, these ordinary people are seen through an imagination to which nothing is ordinary.

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October 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Joy-Ride and After
Author(s): A L Barker
ISBN: 0-571-32201-8 / 978-0-571-32201-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Joy-Ride and After
Author(s): A L Barker
ISBN: 0-571-25406-3 / 978-0-571-25406-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Joy-Ride and After
Author(s): A L Barker
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA