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A Curious Life for a Lady

(1970)
A novel by

 
Isabella Bird was a woman of remarkable gifts. In 1872, at the age of forty, this rather earnest daughter of a country parson abandoned the rectory nest and began her pioneering journeys to some of the most inhospitable corners of the world. Undismayed by discomfort or danger she was to spend almost thirty years travelling - to the Rocky Mountains, the Sandwich Isles, to Japan, Malaya, Kashmir and Tibet, to Persia, Korea and China - where an indomitable spirit, an unassuming cordiality and, above all, a limitless capacity for being interested won her universal welcome. Her accounts of her experiences became best-selling books and established for Isabella Bird a reputation as one of the great travel writers of her day.

'Miss Barr has her measure. She and Miss Bird are well suited. The style of both is fresh, energetic, visual, making an enchanting book.'
Evening Standard

'Rich and riotous as her intrepid heroine moves at the speed of a silent movie through landscapes lusher than any technicolour.'
Times Literary Supplement

'A rare book.'
Sunday Telegraph

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1985 : UK Hardback
Title: Curious Life for a Lady: Story of Isabella Bird (Charnwood Library)
Author(s): Pat Barr
ISBN: 0-7089-8240-9 / 978-0-7089-8240-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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March 1984 : UK Hardback
Title: Curious Life for a Lady: Story of Isabella Bird
Author(s): Pat Barr
ISBN: 0-436-03381-X / 978-0-436-03381-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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July 1970 : UK Hardback
Title: Curious Life for a Lady: Story of Isabella Bird
Author(s): Pat Barr
ISBN: 0-333-09647-9 / 978-0-333-09647-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

April 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: A Curious Life for a Lady: The Story of Isabella Bird
Author(s): Pat Barr
ISBN: 0-571-27743-8 / 978-0-571-27743-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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January 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: A Curious Life for a Lady: Story of Isabella Bird (Travel Library)
Author(s): Pat Barr
ISBN: 0-14-009583-7 / 978-0-14-009583-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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December 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: A Curious Life for a Lady: Story of Isabella Bird
Author(s): Pat Barr
ISBN: 0-14-007921-1 / 978-0-14-007921-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: A Curious Life for a Lady: The Story of Isabella Bird
Author(s): Pat Barr
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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