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Bel Ria

(1977)
A novel by

 
 
Sheila Burnford, the author of The Incredible Journey, offers the spellbinding tale of a small dog caught up in the Second World War, and of the extraordinary life-transforming attachments he forms with the people he encounters in the course of a perilous passage from occupied France to besieged England.

Nameless, Burnford's hero first turns up as a performing dog, a poodle mix earning his keep as part of a gypsy caravan that is desperately fleeing the Nazi advance. Taken on ship by the Royal Navy, he is given the name of Ria and serves as the scruffy mascot to a boatload of sailors. Marooned in England in the midst of the Blitz, Ria rescues an old woman from the rubble of her bombed house, and finds himself unexpectedly transformed into Bel, the coiffed and pampered companion of her old age.

Bel Ria is an exciting story about a compellingly real, completely believable dog. Readers of all sorts and ages will find in Bel Ria a companion to take to heart.

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Hardback Editions

November 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bel Ria: Dog of War (New York Review Children's Collection)
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 1-59017-211-6 / 978-1-59017-211-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYR Children's Collection
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September 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 0-86043-369-2 / 978-0-86043-369-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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January 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 0-316-11718-8 / 978-0-316-11718-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown
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January 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bel Ria/Audio Cassette
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 1-55690-041-4 / 978-1-55690-041-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Every Burnford
ISBN: 0-8161-6657-9 / 978-0-8161-6657-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. K. Hall
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September 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 0-7181-1634-8 / 978-0-7181-1634-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael .Joseph, London.
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Paperback Editions

August 1979 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 0-7221-0456-1 / 978-0-7221-0456-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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December 1978 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 0-553-12050-6 / 978-0-553-12050-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


1980 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Bel Ria
Author(s): Sheila Burnford
ISBN: 0-7887-6659-7 / 978-0-7887-6659-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon