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A Compass Error

A Compass Error

(1968)
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Though it's a sequel to the novel A Favourite of the Gods, the coming-of-age tale A Compass Error makes a seductive introduction to the work of little-known, mid-century master Sybille Bedford. Flavia is 17, living alone in the South of France in the late 1920s, washed up like a bit of flotsam from the wreckage of her parents' lives. Despite her chaotic childhood, Flavia is a responsible little soul. As the novel opens, the white-hot summer days find her cramming for the entrance exams to Oxford, cheerfully disciplined about her studies. A chance encounter with the wife of a famous painter leads Flavia into the nighttime world of adulthood: convivial dinners, marathon drinking, and, well, hot love. Under these influences, Flavia makes a choice that will change the course of her life. In the end, the book amounts to a kind of perverse appreciation of youth and its terrible, terrible mistakes. --Claire Dederer



"Bedford's genius is for writing about people. [Her] excellence is immortal, her career one of great distinction in literature."-Peter Levi.

In this sequel to The Favourite of the Gods, seventeen-year-old Flavia, on her own in the south of France in the late 1930s, lives with the confidence and ardor of youth.

She knows her destiny-it lies at Oxford, where she will begin a great career of public service. But this view of herself is at odds with reality; it springs from ideas she

has of her idolized English father and of her "blessed" Italian mother, Constanza. Only when she is caught up in an intrigue that is to determine the fate of those she most loves does she begins to discover her own true nature-even as she loses the bearings of her moral compass.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1968 : UK Hardback
Title: Compass Error
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 0-00-221114-9 / 978-0-00-221114-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: A Compass Error
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 1-907970-03-7 / 978-1-907970-03-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Daunt Books
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September 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: A Compass Error: A Novel
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 1-58243-159-0 / 978-1-58243-159-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: A Compass Error (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 0-14-118199-0 / 978-0-14-118199-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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November 1985 : USA Paperback
Title: Compass Error
Author(s): Bedford
ISBN: 0-525-48187-7 / 978-0-525-48187-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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February 1984 : UK Paperback
Title: Compass Error (VMC)
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 0-86068-388-5 / 978-0-86068-388-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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April 1975 : UK Paperback
Title: Compass Error
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 0-00-613491-2 / 978-0-00-613491-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Compass Error
Author(s): Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Daunt Books
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