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Friends Indeed

(2001)
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Nineteenth-century Dublin is a city riven by the greed of an emerging middle class and the unspeakable poverty of the poor. Alicia Buckley and Sarah Rooney, growing up there, embody that divide. Despite their different backgrounds, the girls enjoy an extraordinary friendship, so when Sarah falls pregnant, and is thrown out by her father, Allie doesn't think twice about joining her friend in exile. Neither woman is prepared for the deprivations she will face. Pursuing Sarah's soldier lover Jimmy Vance, they make their way, with baby James to Kildare, where they become part of a community of outcast women, known as the Wrens of the Curragh. Reviled in the local town, the women live rough, savage lives on the outskirts of the army camp. But there is also sharing and trust, through her work as the community's doctor, a liberation for Allie from the stifling expectations of her family. Tragedy, however, forces them to travel to America, but a final twist of fate means that only Alice will reach that brave new world, adopting her friend's son as her own, and eventually agreeing to marry Jimmy Vance to give the child a father.

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Hardback Editions

July 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Friends Indeed
Author(s): Rose Doyle
ISBN: 0-7505-1865-0 / 978-0-7505-1865-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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October 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Friends Indeed
Author(s): Rose Doyle
ISBN: 0-340-77132-1 / 978-0-340-77132-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

July 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Friends Indeed
Author(s): Rose Doyle
ISBN: 0-340-77134-8 / 978-0-340-77134-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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November 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Friends Indeed
Author(s): Rose Doyle
ISBN: 0-340-77133-X / 978-0-340-77133-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Audio Editions

December 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Friends Indeed: Unabridged
Author(s): Rose Doyle
ISBN: 1-85903-530-2 / 978-1-85903-530-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
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December 2002 : UK Audio CD

Title: Friends Indeed: Unabridged
Author(s): Rose Doyle
ISBN: 1-85903-635-X / 978-1-85903-635-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Friends Indeed
Author(s): Rose Doyle
Publisher: Hodder
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November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Friends Indeed
Author(s): Rose Doyle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK