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A Rival Creation

(1994)
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At thirty-nine, Liberty Turner, mother of an illegitimate and nearly grown-up son, and daughter of a flamboyant father who had never grown up, realised that she had no talent. Once, in more prosperous times, her books had been published. Now, as relentless rejections pulverised her every effort, she faced up to the whimsical truth that while she was absolutely bursting with the creative urge, the talent just wasn't there.

But as she began to observe her friends and neighbours in the village of Tollymead (not quite the idyllic community that everyone wished it was) she noticed that there were different kinds of creations. Evelyn Brooke, her eccentric and idealistic neighbour, chained herself to condemned oak trees and fought against polluters of the countryside. The vicar, resenting his congregation of middle-class - apparently - well adjusted parishioners, sought longingly for a real social problem to deal with. Even Nancy Sanderson, magistrate and secretary of the Women's League, was eventually to revolt against her life style and create something of her own.

As Liberty stoically continued her progress through harvest lunches and creative writing classes, she waited for a rival creation of her own to emerge, and when Oscar Brooke moved into the village, she thought perhaps she might have found it.

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Hardback Editions

June 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Rival Creation
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-7451-3954-X / 978-0-7451-3954-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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May 1994 : USA Hardback

Title: A Rival Creation
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-593-03593-3 / 978-0-593-03593-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Rival Creation: Reissued
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 1-4088-2499-X / 978-1-4088-2499-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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February 1997 : UK Paperback

Title: Rival Creation, A
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-7451-3955-8 / 978-0-7451-3955-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers P.
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April 1996 : USA Paperback

Title: A Rival Creation
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-7862-0615-2 / 978-0-7862-0615-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: A rival creation
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-552-20492-7 / 978-0-552-20492-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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May 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Rival Creation
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-552-99593-2 / 978-0-552-99593-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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Audio Editions

October 1995 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: A Rival Creation: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
ISBN: 0-7451-6472-2 / 978-0-7451-6472-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Rival Creation: Reissued
Author(s): Marika Cobbold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK