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Keeping the World Away

(2006)
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With the wonderfully satisfying appeal of Forster's bestselling "Diary of an Ordinary Woman" and the historical delights of "Lady's Maid", this engrossing, beautifully crafted novel follows the fictional adventures, over a hundred years, of an early 20th century painting and the women whose lives it touches. It opens with bold, passionate Gwen, born in the nineteenth century, coming of age in the twentieth, struggling to be an artist, going to Paris where she becomes Rodin's lover and paints a small, intimate picture of a quiet corner of her attic room... Then, there's Charlotte, a dreamy intellectual Edwardian girl, with artistic leanings, but less talent; and Stella, Lucasta, Ailsa, and Gillian, who share an unspoken desire to 'keep the world away', to have for themselves a tranquil golden place like that in the painting. Lost, found, stolen, strayed, sold, almost destroyed, fought over, and finally bequeathed, the picture makes its way from Paris to Hampstead, popping up on a London market stall after the Great War, finding its way to the Cornish coast, then back to London after the Second World War, eventually taking a brief trip to Scotland and returning at last to Paris at the turn of the twenty-first century... Quintessential Forster, this is a novel about women's lives, about what it means, and what it costs to be both a woman and an artist, and an unusual, compelling look at a beautiful painting (one of a series by Gwen John, not all of which survived...) and its imagined afterlife.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: Keeping the World Away
Author(s): Margaret Forster
ISBN: 0-7011-7982-1 / 978-0-7011-7982-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Keeping the World Away: A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Forster
ISBN: 0-345-49634-5 / 978-0-345-49634-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: Keeping the World Away: A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Forster
ISBN: 0-345-49633-7 / 978-0-345-49633-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

March 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Keeping the World Away
Author(s): Margaret Forster
ISBN: 0-09-949686-0 / 978-0-09-949686-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Keeping the World Away?
Author(s): Margaret Forster
ISBN: 1-4056-1535-4 / 978-1-4056-1535-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor Paragon
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Audio Editions

2006 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Keeping the World Away
Author(s): Margaret Forster
ISBN: 1-4056-0297-X / 978-1-4056-0297-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers
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2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: Keeping the World Away
Author(s): Margaret Forster, Read by Susan Jameson
ISBN: 1-4056-7379-6 / 978-1-4056-7379-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Keeping the World Away
Author(s): Margaret Forster
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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July 2007 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Keeping the World Away: A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Forster
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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