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Lilacs Out of the Dead Land

(1971)
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This is the earliest of the tragic love story theme which can be seen in several of my novels eg Occasion of Sin (1982) and One Summer (2006) The title, Lilacs out of the Dead Land, is taken from The Waste Land by T.S.Eliot. The love story is between April, a young woman and an older married man, Lawrence. Most of the story is set in Sicily which I knew quite well at the time. It also combines a strong thriller element. As their affair becomes more and more painful, April leaves Lawrence to spend three angry and terrifying days wandering in the sultry Sicilian countryside. The climax is filled with violence but also leads to a less terrible resolution.

    

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Hardback Editions

November 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lilacs Out of the Dead Land
Author(s): Rachel Billington
ISBN: 1-85018-041-5 / 978-1-85018-041-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
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March 1972 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lilacs out of the dead land
Author(s): Rachel Billington
ISBN: 0-8415-0146-7 / 978-0-8415-0146-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Saturday Review Press
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May 1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lilacs Out of the Dead Land
Author(s): Rachel Billington
ISBN: 0-434-07072-6 / 978-0-434-07072-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 1982 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lilacs out of the Dead Land
Author(s): Rachel Billington
ISBN: 0-14-006390-0 / 978-0-14-006390-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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