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Love for Lydia

(1952)
A novel by

 
 
Lydia Aspen, a seemingly shy girl from a wealthy but isolated background, is encouraged by her aunts, her new carers, to discover the delights of growing up. They entrust her education to Mr Richardson, the young apprentice for Evenford's local newspaper, who is sent to their house to 'get a story' about the recent death of Lydia's father. Richardson's access to the Aspens is unusual, as they are rarely seen by anyone from the town and hide behind their stone walls and perimeter of trees; introducing Lydia to the town's inhabitants gives Richardson a great sense of pride. Visiting the Aspen estate also allows Richardson the chance to escape from the great engulfing vacuum of Evensford, with it's endless stretch of factory roofs and back alleys. As Lydia and Richardson spend more time together, he realises that his initial concept of Lydia was wrong, that she is far from being shy and is often impetuous and demanding, and enjoys captivating the young men who become her companions. Richardson soon discovers that his promise to love her, no matter what she does to him, is going to push him beyond the pain and feelings he thinks he is capable of experiencing. One of Bates' best-loved and most enduring books, "Love for Lydia" is an extraordinary tale of love and longing, set against the backdrop of 1920s decadence, and the fall of the English upper classes.

    

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Hardback Editions

November 1993 : USA Hardback

Title: Love for Lydia (Curley Large Print Books)
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7927-1783-X / 978-0-7927-1783-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers North Amer
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November 1993 : UK Hardback

Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7451-1994-8 / 978-0-7451-1994-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: Love for Lydia (The great writers library)
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-86307-695-5 / 978-0-86307-695-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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1976 : UK Hardback
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Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-85997-144-9 / 978-0-85997-144-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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July 1976 : UK Hardback
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Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7181-1521-X / 978-0-7181-1521-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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July 1972 : UK Hardback
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Title: Love for Lydia (New Portway Reprints)
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-85594-699-7 / 978-0-85594-699-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: C.Chivers
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Paperback Editions

February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-413-77653-0 / 978-0-413-77653-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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August 1994 : UK Paperback

Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7451-2006-7 / 978-0-7451-2006-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Love for Lydia (Curley Large Print Books)
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7927-1782-1 / 978-0-7927-1782-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers North Amer
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March 1979 : UK Paperback

Title: Love for Lydia (Alpha Books)
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-19-424153-X / 978-0-19-424153-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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January 1956 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-14-001165-X / 978-0-14-001165-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

December 1990 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Love for Lydia: Unabridged
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 1-85496-357-0 / 978-1-85496-357-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Love for Lydia
Author(s): H E Bates
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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