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The Melody

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
From the Man Booker shortlisted author of Harvest.

Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.

Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.

'The Melody takes its place among his finest [novels] . . . an ecological fable for modern times' Guardian

Genre: Literary Fiction

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June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Melody: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 0-385-54371-9 / 978-0-385-54371-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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February 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 1-5098-4136-9 / 978-1-5098-4136-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Melody: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 0-525-56256-7 / 978-0-525-56256-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 1-5098-4138-5 / 978-1-5098-4138-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 0-7352-3521-X / 978-0-7352-3521-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 1-5098-4137-7 / 978-1-5098-4137-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Melody: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Crace
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 1-5098-8750-4 / 978-1-5098-8750-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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March 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
ISBN: 1-5098-8751-2 / 978-1-5098-8751-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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February 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Melody: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Crace
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   


February 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Melody
Author(s): Jim Crace
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK