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The Birds of the Air

(1980)
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Mary felt rather like someone for whom a marriage was being arranged by people who doubted the suitability of the match but could think of no seemly way of retiring. Her family and friends behaved like outsiders privy to a secret and dubious courtship, treating her with an arch, considered and wholly unnatural care, whispering together and falling silent when they remembered her sitting by the window and possibly listening.

Mary Marsh has lost her only child, but rather than allow her peace in which to grieve, her mother cajoles her into participating in a proper family Christmas. As the various guests arrive, Mary's sister Barbara, Barbara's children and husband, Barbara's lover, Barbara's husband's lover ("the Thrush"), Vera and Dennis the neighbors, a grown cat and a kitten, the house descends into farcical chaos.

 
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Used availability for Alice Thomas Ellis's The Birds of the Air


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Hardback Editions

July 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: The Birds of the Air
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 0-7505-3757-4 / 978-0-7505-3757-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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January 1996 : UK Hardback
Title: The Birds of the Air (Bloomsbury Classic Series)
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 0-7475-2432-7 / 978-0-7475-2432-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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July 1981 : USA Hardback
Title: The Birds of the Air: 2
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 0-670-16819-X / 978-0-670-16819-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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July 1980 : UK Hardback
Title: The Birds of the Air
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 0-7156-1491-6 / 978-0-7156-1491-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Birds of the Air
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 1-78033-659-4 / 978-1-78033-659-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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August 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: The Birds of the Air (Common Reader Editions)
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 1-888173-84-X / 978-1-888173-84-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akadine Pr
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2002 : UK Paperback
Title: The Birds of the Air
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 0-7551-0577-X / 978-0-7551-0577-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus Ltd
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April 1983 : UK Paperback
Title: The Birds of the Air
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
ISBN: 0-14-006735-3 / 978-0-14-006735-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Birds of the Air
Author(s): Alice Thomas Ellis
Publisher: Corsair
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