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A Grain of Truth

(1968)
A novel by

 
Emma's anxious and manipulative plea, 'Someone listen to me', opens- and closes- this deliciously uncomfortable novel in which Nina Bawden explores myriad emotional disguises with her characteristic acuity. When Emma's father-in-law falls down the stairs to his death, she is convinced she pushed him in an act of wish-fulfilment. To her husband Henry and her close friend Holly, this is unthinkable. Guilt is simply Emma's obsession in a humdrum domestic existence enlivened by romantic fantasy. For Holly, who successfully fields a string of love affairs, sexual pleasures are more easily attainable, whereas Henry, a Divorce lawyer, prides himself on being a realist. Each tells their story in turn, illuminating and distorting their separate versions of the truth. As they do so, an intricate jigsaw of the private deceits with which they shore up everyday life emerges.

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Hardback Editions

August 1997 : UK Hardback

Title: The Grain of Truth
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 0-7451-8999-7 / 978-0-7451-8999-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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September 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: Grain of Truth
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 0-88411-121-0 / 978-0-88411-121-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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September 1992 : Hardback

Title: Grain of Truth
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 999140869X / 978-9991408699
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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February 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Grain of Truth (A New Portway large print book)
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 0-85119-204-1 / 978-0-85119-204-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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January 1979 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Grain of Truth
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 0-333-25976-9 / 978-0-333-25976-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

November 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Grain Of Truth (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 1-84408-432-9 / 978-1-84408-432-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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July 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Grain Of Truth (VMC)
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 1-85381-424-5 / 978-1-85381-424-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Audio Editions

March 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Grain of Truth: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Nina Bawden
ISBN: 0-7540-0446-5 / 978-0-7540-0446-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Grain Of Truth
Author(s): Nina Bawden
Publisher: Virago
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November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Grain Of Truth (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Nina Bawden
Publisher: Virago
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