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As We Forgive

(1985)
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Lydia Evans was content in her childless marriage until fear took her - the fear that someone was trying to reach her. When the telephone rings one day, even before her husband Eric lifts the receiver, she suddenly knows who that someone is and begs Eric not to answer.
Ben Wavell, once a powerful, impulsive, engaging man, is now driven to the edge of sanity by guilt, and has turned once more to Lydia : Lydia, whose love for him had its foundations in childhood when, as a plain, reticent girl awed by his remarkable home and family, she visited as sometime companion to his daughter Nathalie, a beautiful, wilful child; Lydia, whose life had nearly been destroyed years later by his cruel termination of their affair.
Now Ben needs her again, implores her to listen to what became of him after they parted and to forgive an act of which she is as yet unaware.
Childhood innocence, first love, the charades people play, are masterfully peeled away with compassion and bitter humour to reveal a man's obsessive love for his daughter and its tragic consequence.
A deeply moving and compelling novel. As We Forgive is remarkable for its acute psychological subtlety.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1986 : USA Hardback
Title: As We Forgive
Author(s): Barbara Neil
ISBN: 0-312-05831-4 / 978-0-312-05831-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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September 1985 : UK Hardback
Title: As We Forgive
Author(s): Barbara Neil
ISBN: 0-7090-2171-2 / 978-0-7090-2171-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1987 : UK Paperback
Title: As We Forgive
Author(s): Barbara Neil
ISBN: 0-552-99260-7 / 978-0-552-99260-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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May 1987 : USA Paperback
Title: As We Forgive
Author(s): Barbara Neil
ISBN: 0-312-90138-0 / 978-0-312-90138-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper
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