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When I Was Otherwise

(1983)
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This skillfully wrought examination of character and relationships opens with macabre impact. A bland newspaper report describes the discovery of two dead women - one of them a skeleton - in a North London house. The author teases the reader toward the known, grisly ending by cutting back and forth in time and gradually constructing the complex pattern of emotions and events that define even the most mundane-seeming lives. He plays a similar and equally skillful game with our assessments of the characters. His individual creations are believable, fallible, and ultimately highly engaging individuals.

When I Was Otherwise is a blend of powerful characterization and social satire. It summons the mingled tragedy and humour of old age to powerful effect.

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Hardback Editions

June 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: When I Was Otherwise
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-312-86664-X / 978-0-312-86664-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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January 1900 : UK Hardback
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Title: When I Was Otherwise
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-370-30531-0 / 978-0-370-30531-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: When I Was Otherwise: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 1-5040-0805-7 / 978-1-5040-0805-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Distribution
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May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: When I was Otherwise (Capuchin Classics)
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 1-907429-10-7 / 978-1-907429-10-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Capuchin Classics
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November 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: When I Was Otherwise (Welbeck Modern Classics)
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-9554757-5-9 / 978-0-9554757-5-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Welbeck Press
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July 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: When I Was Otherwise
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-413-53950-4 / 978-0-413-53950-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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Audio Editions

February 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: When I Was Otherwise: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: When I Was Otherwise: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: When I Was Otherwise: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: When I Was Otherwise: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
Publisher: Open Road Distribution
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November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: When I was Otherwise (Capuchin Classics)
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
Publisher: Capuchin Classics
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