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Elders and Betters

(1944)
A novel by

 
The Donne family's move to the country is inspired by a wish to be close to their cousins, who are to be their nearest neighbours. It proves too close for comfort, however. For a secret switching of wills causes the most genteel pursuit of self-interest to threaten good relations and even good manners....

Ivy Compton-Burnett employs her sharp ear for comedy and celebrated powers of dialogue to spectacular effect. She reveals a devastating microcosm of human society, in which the elders are by no means always the betters, in which no character is totally scrupulous, but none without their appeal.

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Hardback Editions

June 1944 : UK Hardback
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Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
ISBN: 0-575-02371-6 / 978-0-575-02371-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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August 1970 : UK Hardback
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Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
ISBN: 0-575-00566-1 / 978-0-575-00566-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Elders and Betters (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Ivy Compton
ISBN: 1-4482-0093-8 / 978-1-4482-0093-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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October 1984 : USA Paperback

Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
ISBN: 0-8052-8211-4 / 978-0-8052-8211-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Schocken Books
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October 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
ISBN: 0-85031-503-4 / 978-0-85031-503-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
ISBN: 1-5318-3986-X / 978-1-5318-3986-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Elders and Betters
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Elders and Betters (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Ivy Compton-Burnett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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