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A Whistling Woman

(2002)
(The fourth book in the Frederica series)
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This intoxicating novel stands on its own, while forming a triumphant conclusion to A.S. Byatt's great quartet depicting the clashing forces in English life from the early 1950s to 1970. As Frederica - the spirited heroine of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life and Babel Tower - falls almost by accident into a career in television in London, tumultuous events in her home county of Yorkshire threaten to change her life, and those of the people she loves. In the late 1960s, the world begins to split. Near the university, where the scientists Luk and Jacqueline are studying snails and neurones and the working of the brain, an 'anti-university' springs up. On the high moors nearby, a gentle therapeutic community is taken over by a turbulent, charismatic leader. Visions of blood and flames, of mirrors and doubles, share the refracting energy of Frederica's mosaic-like television shows. The languages of religion, myth and fairytale overlap with the terms of science and the new computer age. Darkness and light are in perpetual tension and the meaning of love itself seems to vanish; people flounder - often comically - to find their true sexual, intellectual and emotional identity. The focus of these novels first widened from the old nuclear family to the experimental group and now delves into different, modern patterns of intimacy. Through her wayward, lovingly-drawn characters and breathtaking twists of plot, A.S. Byatt illuminates the effervescence of the 1960s - both its excitements and its dangers - as no one has done before. Magical and thought-provoking, with spine-chilling moments, A Whistling Woman is the ultimate novel of ideas made flesh - gloriously sensual, sexy and scary, bursting with ideas, contradictions, scientific discoveries, ethical conflicts, sly humour and wonderful humanity.

    

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Hardback Editions

December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-375-41534-3 / 978-0-375-41534-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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September 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-7011-7380-7 / 978-0-7011-7380-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-679-77690-7 / 978-0-679-77690-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-09-944339-2 / 978-0-09-944339-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: A WHISTLING WOMAN.
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-7011-7411-0 / 978-0-7011-7411-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: QPD
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2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-7011-7394-7 / 978-0-7011-7394-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus.
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Audio Editions

September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 1-4708-9179-4 / 978-1-4708-9179-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-7861-2520-9 / 978-0-7861-2520-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-7861-9137-6 / 978-0-7861-9137-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2003 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Whistling Woman
Author(s): A S Byatt
ISBN: 0-7861-8902-9 / 978-0-7861-8902-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Whistling Woman (Vintage International)
Author(s): A S Byatt
Publisher: Vintage
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