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Term of Trial

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Schoolteacher Graham Weir has never recovered from the accusations of cowardice leveled at him from a wartime incident. Now middle-aged and a heavy drinker, his mind is rotted by self-disgust: he is taunted and despised by his pupils, his colleagues, and his acidic wife.

When Graham recognises a likeminded soul in fifteen-year-old Shirley Taylor he offers her extra tuition and an unlikely friendship develops between the two outcasts.
Following a false accusation by another pupil, he is forced to defend himself in court against charges of indecent assault. In the humiliation of a public trial, Graham comes to confront head-on the derision and shame that has surrounded him for his entire adult life and finally recovers the courage of his ideals.

With Term of Trial, James Barlow spins a taut and morally complex tale that became the basis for a 1962 film adaptation starring Laurence Olivier.

'A terrifically good story' - Sunday Times

'A tense and exciting novel on a very serious and topical subject' - Times Literary Supplement

'Term Of Trial is a brilliant account of the dangers that beset those who have to deal with tricky, mixed-up adolescents.' - Fred Urquhart, The July Handicap

'Mr. Barlow is a profoundly serious novelist whose narrative is as fast-moving and tense as a thriller-writer's.' - Evening Standard

'Mr. Barlow has succeeded in presenting in terms of sober naturalism a section of our world that is dealt with all to often in the gutter Press and far too rarely in literature.' - Observer

'Barlow's skill at story-telling is frighteningly real.' - Smiths' Trade News


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Paperback Editions

February 1973 : UK Paperback

Title: Term of Trial
Author(s): James Barlow
ISBN: 0-14-001866-2 / 978-0-14-001866-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

October 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Term of Trial
Author(s): James Barlow
Publisher: Peach Publishing
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