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The Triple Echo

The Triple Echo

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Published in 1970, The Triple Echo was Bates's last significant novella, but one which he described as taking twenty-five years to complete. Set in the 1940s, the wife of a war prisoner lives in desperate loneliness and fear on an isolated farmstead. She encounters a young farmboy completely out of his element as a soldier, and the two carve out a relationship in defiance of the war around them. His decision to escape the military and to dress as his lover's sister to avoid detection eventually leads to tragedy. In a late essay Bates discusses the long evolution of the story's plot, conceived in 1943 with two sisters and completed in 1968 with just one, in what Bates calls `an exceptional example of stumbling and groping or, if you will, of my own prolonged stupidity.' A film version starring Oliver Reed, Brian Deacon, and Glenda Jackson was premiered in November 1972, and issued in the United States with the title Soldiers in Skirts.

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Hardback Editions

November 1970 : UK Hardback
Title: Triple Echo
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7181-0814-0 / 978-0-7181-0814-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

January 1972 : UK Paperback
Title: The Triple Echo
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-14-003563-X / 978-0-14-003563-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

July 1993 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Triple Echo: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): H E Bates
ISBN: 0-7451-4163-3 / 978-0-7451-4163-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Triple Echo
Author(s): H E Bates
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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