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Herself Surprised

(1941)
(The first book in the First Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
"There seems to be more truth of human nature, a profounder understanding of the springs of action than in any novel I have read for a long time."
L P Hartley

"The life story of one of the most engaging and subtly realised heroines of recent fiction."
Atlantic Monthly

"A remarkable novel... beautifully done."
Country Life

"Acute, balanced, and at times brilliantly pure narrative, with a delicacy of insight that adorns everything he touches... A very live and true story."
Times Literary Supplement

Herself Surprised is the story of Sara Monday, a former housemaid who tells of "her grand days" and of all her "coming down days since." Looking back from a prison cell on a life that covers the first half of the 20th century, Sara introduces a gallery of vivid characters: her timid and doting husband, Mr. Monday; Rozzie, her hard-boiled friend; her various lovers including the brilliant but dangerously violent painter Gully Jimson and the miserly lawyer Tom Wilcher. In Sara, an irrepressible, sexually magnetic woman, at once manipulated and generous to a fault, Cary has created a complex and wonderfully realised character - one of the most memorable in twentieth-century fiction.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 1976 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-89244-070-8 / 978-0-89244-070-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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December 1941 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-0174-X / 978-0-7181-0174-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-13-8 / 978-1-910670-13-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised (First Trilogy)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-571-25210-9 / 978-0-571-25210-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised (New York Review Books)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-940322-17-X / 978-0-940322-17-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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July 1968 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised (Jupiter Books)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7145-0270-7 / 978-0-7145-0270-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Riverrun Press (New York, NY)
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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October 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Herself Surprised
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Tannenberg Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


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