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A Fearful Joy

(1949)
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This ambitious novel, covering the life of an exceptional woman from her Victorian childhood until after the Second World War, is an attempt, in the author's own words, 'to lay bare historical change not just at the surface, but in its roots.' Seduced when young, Tabitha leads a terrible existence until she is taken up by Sturge, a wealthy patron of art, and becomes a famous hostess of the 'Yellow Book' period, loved by artists and writers alike. Her second marriage to Sir James Gollan, an old industrialist, who instead of retiring becomes an important national figue in the First World War, completely changes her life once again. The novel, in fact, is full of change, for every decade emerges in an immediate and living manner as the setting against which the absorbing lives of the heroine and those about her are described. 'It is a very good novel, I think it may be a great novel . . . sensitivity to human relationships and a sense of form which we have missed since E. M. Forster grew silent.' News Chronicle

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1973 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Fearful Joy
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-8371-6777-9 / 978-0-8371-6777-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwood Press
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December 1952 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Fearful Joy
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-0135-9 / 978-0-7181-0135-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Fearful Joy
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-16-2 / 978-1-910670-16-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Fearful Joy
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-571-25410-1 / 978-0-571-25410-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: A Fearful Joy
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7474-0689-8 / 978-0-7474-0689-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cardinal Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Fearful Joy
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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