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The Vet's Daughter

(1959)
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The Vet's Daughter combines shocking realism with a visionary edge. The vet lives with his bedridden wife and shy daughter Alice in a sinister London suburb. He works constantly, captive to a strange private fury, and treats his family with brutality and contempt. After his wife's death, the vet takes up with a crass, needling woman who tries to refashion Alice in her own image. And yet as Alice retreats ever deeper into a dream world, she discovers an extraordinary secret power of her own.

Harrowing and haunting, like an unexpected cross between Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King, The Vet's Daughter is a story of outraged innocence that culminates in a scene of appalling triumph.

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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Barbara Comyns
ISBN: 1-84408-838-3 / 978-1-84408-838-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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December 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Barbara Comyns
ISBN: 0-86068-163-7 / 978-0-86068-163-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Vet's Daughter (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Barbara Comyns, Kathryn Davis (Introduction)
ISBN: 1-59017-029-6 / 978-1-59017-029-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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September 1981 : USA Paperback
Title: The Vet's Daughter (Virago Modern Classic)
Author(s): Barbara Comyns
ISBN: 0-385-27190-5 / 978-0-385-27190-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

January 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Vet's Daughter
Author(s): Barbara Comyns
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
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October 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: The Vet's Daughter: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Barbara Comyns
ISBN: 0-7540-0534-8 / 978-0-7540-0534-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Barbara Comyns
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   


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