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The Image of a Drawn Sword

(1950)
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The calm of Reynard Langrish's quietly predictable life is shattered when, on a night of rain-swept storm, a stranger - a young soldier called Captain Archer - appears at his remote Kentish cottage. He takes Langrish to an ancient hill fort and introduces him to the men under his command, all of whom share a mysterious tattoo - two snakes entwined around a drawn sword - and are engaged in preparations to defend against a nameless menace, referred to only as 'the Emergency'.

As the dreamlike narrative rapidly accelerates into Kafkaesque nightmare, Langrish is drawn into a world where illusion, paranoia, and reality unite with lethal consequences, and disorienting shifts of time and perception culminate in a terrifying moment of pure horror.

Originally published in 1950, The Image of a Drawn Sword is steeped in the themes and images that occupy much of Brooke's writing - the relentlessness of time, suppressed homosexuality, condemned love, self-hatred, and futility; and, above all, an England that was both real and uniquely his own, a mystical, half-known natural world.

'In its way not inferior to Kafka . . . [it has] a haunting, sinister quality' - Anthony Powell

'Seldom have naturalism and fantasy been more strangely merged' - Elizabeth Bowen

'He is subtle as the devil' - John Betjeman

'The skill and intensity of the writing made peculiarly haunting this cry of complaint on behalf of a bewildered Man' - Pamela Hansford Johnson, Daily Telegraph

    

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Hardback Editions

October 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Image of a Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-258-93718-2 / 978-1-258-93718-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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February 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Image Of A Drawn Sword (LARGE PRINT EDITION)
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-169-96431-1 / 978-1-169-96431-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Image Of A Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-166-13008-8 / 978-1-166-13008-4 (USA edition)
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July 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Image Of A Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-104-84771-X / 978-1-104-84771-5 (USA edition)
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January 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Image of a Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 0-436-06951-2 / 978-0-436-06951-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Image of a Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-5098-5585-8 / 978-1-5098-5585-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Image of a Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-4940-6034-5 / 978-1-4940-6034-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Image of a Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 0-571-25901-4 / 978-0-571-25901-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Image Of A Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-163-81716-3 / 978-1-163-81716-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Image Of A Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 0-548-44394-7 / 978-0-548-44394-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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January 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Image of a Drawn Sword (King Penguin)
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 0-14-006294-7 / 978-0-14-006294-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

October 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Image of a Drawn Sword
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
Publisher: Bello
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