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Dear Doctor Lily

(1988)
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When two young women, Lily and Ida, meet on a flight to America they embark on a relationship that is to see them through two very different marriages and is to bring them comfort and distress, joy and tragedy, in equal measure as the years unfold.

Great-granddaughter to Charles Dickens, Monica (1915-1992) was born into an upper-middle-class family. Disillusioned with the world she was brought up in - she was expelled from St Paul's Girls' School in London for throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge - Dickens then decided to go into service, despite coming from the privileged class. Her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, One Pair of Hands, in 1939.

Dickens married an American Navy officer, Roy O. Stratton, and spent much of her adult life in Massachusetts and Washington D.C., but the majority of her writing continued to be set in Britain. Her book of 1953, No More Meadows, reflected her work with the NSPCC and she later helped to found the American Samaritans in Massachusetts. Between 1970 and 1971 she wrote a series of children's books known as The Worlds End Series, which dealt with rescuing animals and, to some extent, children. After the death of her husband in 1985, Dickens returned to England where she continued to write until her death, aged 77.

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Hardback Editions

May 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-670-81818-6 / 978-0-670-81818-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-4482-0667-7 / 978-1-4482-0667-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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May 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-14-010295-7 / 978-0-14-010295-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-5226-7741-0 / 978-1-5226-7741-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily
Author(s): Monica Dickens
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily: Complete & Unabridged (Gold Range)
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-85695-781-0 / 978-1-85695-781-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Isis Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dear Doctor Lily (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Monica Dickens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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