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The Private Wound

(1968)
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In the West of Ireland in 1939 a young novelist rents a lonely cottage to write his new book in peace.

Almost at once, and without great resistance, he is seduced by the wife of the local squire. Harriet's husband is an older man - hot-tempered, impoverished, gone to seed - who once fought famously against the Black and Tans. Soon this eternal triangle becomes a local scandal, and the atmosphere of threat and violence, intensified by the approaching war in Europe, leads to a horrific murder.

The Private Wound is Nicholas Blake's last book, written with such intensity of feeling and depth of character that it is widely regarded as his best.

"Really splendid. When they come round to having a Crime-writer Laureate, Mr Blake's brow is there for the wreathing" - The Times

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Used availability for Nicholas Blake's The Private Wound

Paperback Editions

April 1987 : UK Paperback

Title: Private Wound (Master Crime)
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-460-02409-4 / 978-0-460-02409-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman Ltd
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February 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Private Wound
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-06-080531-5 / 978-0-06-080531-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Private Wound (Penguin crime fiction)
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-14-004041-2 / 978-0-14-004041-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: Private Wound
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-330-02633-X / 978-0-330-02633-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Private Wound
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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