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In the Approaches

(2014)
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Open yourself up again to all that terrible light and savage bliss and deafening reverberation ...'

In the Summer of 1971, a charismatic family seeks refuge in the quiet, English coastal backwater of Pett Level. Bran Cleary is a controversial Irish muralist; his fractious and promiscuous wife (and muse) 'Lonely' Allaway is half Aboriginal; their strange, sickly daughter, Orla Nor, is almost a Saint.

Thirteen years later, a shifty individual turns up in Pett Level, apparently determined to get to the bottom of the bizarre and ultimately tragic events which unfolded in the aftermath of that arrival. But does he really want to understand, or is he just way too close to the story to make any clear sense of it? And what of the locals who seem so determined to resist and undermine his investigations?

In The Approachesis a fabulously twisted comedy of very bad manners which starts out as a seaside idyll and ends up as a pilgrimage - sometimes sacred, sometimes profane, and frequently both at once. Set in a 1984 which seems almost as distantly located in the past as Orwell's was in the future, Nicola Barker's tenth novel offers a captivating glimpse of something more shocking than any dystopia - the possibility of faith.

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Hardback Editions

June 2014 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-758370-2 / 978-0-00-758370-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-758372-9 / 978-0-00-758372-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-758374-5 / 978-0-00-758374-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

June 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon   

June 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

2014 : UK Audio CD
Title: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-758423-7 / 978-0-00-758423-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: clipper audiobook
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: In the Approaches
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


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