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A House of Children

(1941)
A novel by

 
Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

"Whatever else you have been reading or thinking, it is difficult to believe that you will not find relief and dream the music of lost happiness in A House of Children."
The Spectator

"This lovely book is a clear call to happiness."
LP Hartley

"He has the greatest of all the novelist's gifts. The English novel has again found a novelist who will preserve it in all its rightful glory."
Sir Hugh Walpole

A semi-autobiographical tale, which draws upon Cary's own upbringing to tell of a young boy's holidays spent on the Donegal coast.

For six-year-old Evelyn Corner and his siblings, Dunamara is an enchanted place. A world away from England, school and duty, they can wander at will all summer long, roam in wild packs with village children, clamber and climb like squirrels, swim and dive like otters. Around them always, investing every moment with beauty and magic, is the miraculous, metallic weight of the sea.

Here is innocence and excitement. Here, above all, is anticipation. Only occasionally is there a hint of another life awaiting them, a life of adulthood, of responsibilities, perhaps even of disappointments...

    

Used availability for Joyce Cary's A House of Children

Hardback Editions

December 1951 : UK Hardback
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Title: A House of Children
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-0183-9 / 978-0-7181-0183-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: A House of Children
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-15-4 / 978-1-910670-15-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: A House of Children
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-571-25408-X / 978-0-571-25408-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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November 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: A House of Children (Everyman)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-460-87584-1 / 978-0-460-87584-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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October 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: A House of Children
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-85640-423-3 / 978-0-85640-423-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd
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November 1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: House Of Children
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-8112-1008-1 / 978-0-8112-1008-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A House of Children
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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