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The Vinegar Jar

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From childhood on, Rose Doran's life has been one of lovelessness and loneliness. Left by her parents, she falls prey to the tawdry charms of the smooth-talking, tap-dancing William who abandons her, along with his baby, Edmund. Rose seeks comfort in an unsatisfactory marriage to Gordon, but instead find herself isolated and imprisoned by the banality of existence.
Then she meets Paedric, her mysterious neighbour, and her colourless life is transformed by the power and exoticism of her imagination - with disturbing consequences.
"Doherty's second 'adult' novel is proof that she can spellbind a reader of any age... She delights, surprises, disturbs and moves the reader, and does it with admirable finesse" - Time Out
"The novel is compelling as an account of the dangerous development of a compensatory imagination" - The Times Literary Supplement
"Doherty's novel has a strange hypnotic strength and dramatizes powerfully the dangers of blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality" - Sunday Times
"Doherty's fable warns that the journeys of the mind can be more perilous than the real thing, especially for those setting out without a ticket home" - She

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Hardback Editions

August 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: The Vinegar Jar
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 0-312-14442-3 / 978-0-312-14442-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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November 1994 : UK Hardback
Title: The Vinegar Jar
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 0-241-00258-3 / 978-0-241-00258-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 1995 : UK Paperback
Title: The Vinegar Jar
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 0-14-023889-1 / 978-0-14-023889-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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February 1982 : UK Paperback
Title: The Penguin Book Of Australian Ballads
Author(s): Russel Ward
ISBN: 0-14-070009-9 / 978-0-14-070009-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Vinegar Jar
Author(s): Berlie Doherty
Publisher: Billyworks
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