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The Shell Collector

(2001)
A collection of stories by

 
 
A remarkable collection of stories from a young American writer of huge potential: 'A show-stopping debut, as close to faultless as any writer could wish for' Los Angeles Times 'His fingers dug the shell up, he felt the sleek egg of its body, the toothy gap of its aperture. It was the most elegant thing he'd ever held. "That's a mouse cowry," the doctor said. "A lovely find. It has brown spots, and darker stripes at its base, like tiger stripes. You can't see it, can you?" But he could. He'd never seen anything so clearly in his life.' In this assured, exquisite debut, Anthony Doerr takes readers from the African coast to the suburbs of Ohio, from sideshow pageantry to harsh wilderness survival, conjuring nature in both its beautiful abundance and its crushing power. The blind hero of the title story spends his days roaming the beaches of Kenya, his fingers ploughing through sandy granules of grace and intrigue, his German shepherd at his side. And then there are whale-watchers and fishermen, hunters and mystics, living lives uncompleted or undone, caught, memorably, as they turn toward the reader. A natural storyteller, Doerr explores the human dilemma in all its manifestations: longing, grief, indecision, heartbreak and slow, slow recuperation. Shimmering with elegance and invention, The Shell Collector is an enchanting and imaginative book by a young writer just setting off on what will surely be a hugely compelling literary odyssey.

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Hardback Editions

February 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 1-4177-0464-0 / 978-1-4177-0464-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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December 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shell Collector: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-7432-1274-6 / 978-0-7432-1274-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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November 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-00-714696-5 / 978-0-00-714696-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-00-714698-1 / 978-0-00-714698-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Shell Collector: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 1-4391-9005-4 / 978-1-4391-9005-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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April 2006 : UK Paperback

Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-00-723550-X / 978-0-00-723550-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2003 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-14-200296-8 / 978-0-14-200296-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 1-5226-8520-0 / 978-1-5226-8520-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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December 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Shell Collector: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA