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Lady and the Unicorn

(1969)
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Three sisters battle poverty and prejudice in 1930s India in this heart-wrenching tale from a New York Times - bestselling novelist.

Life is difficult for the three Lemarchant sisters in the latter years of the British Raj. Born of two cultures and rejected by both - the "half-caste" daughters of an Englishman and an Indian mother - twins Belle and Rosa and their younger sibling, Blanche, live with their widowed father and "Auntie" in an apartment in a crumbling mansion in Calcutta.

Having grown to young womanhood in poverty - the result of their father's indolence and society's intolerance - tough-minded Belle is determined to improve her lot in life, even if it means compromising her principles and her pride. Her beautiful twin, Rosa, however, dreams of a different, grander escape and foolishly puts her faith in love.

For Blanche, the entire world is the decaying estate the Lemarchants share with other Anglo-Indian outcasts. Rejected by her own siblings due to the darkness of her skin, the lonely little girl wanders the halls and grounds, enjoying the fantasy of a phantom pet while communing with ghosts only the purest of souls can see.

An extraordinary novel rich in color and heartbreaking human drama, The Lady and the Unicorn is the poignant tale of one family's struggle to make a future in a society blinded by prejudice and divided by caste. A powerful story of coming-of-age and coming to terms, it is a masterful fiction from one of the preeminent British authors of the twentieth century.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of the author including rare images from the Rumer Godden Literary Estate.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1969 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lady and the Unicorn
Author(s): Rumer Godden
ISBN: 0-432-06000-6 / 978-0-432-06000-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Not Avail
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lady and the Unicorn: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Rumer Godden
ISBN: 1-84408-847-2 / 978-1-84408-847-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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March 1982 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lady and the Unicorn
Author(s): Rumer Godden
ISBN: 0-14-005523-1 / 978-0-14-005523-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 1970 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lady and the Unicorn (A Mayflower paperback)
Author(s): Rumer Godden
ISBN: 0-583-11652-3 / 978-0-583-11652-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel
Author(s): Rumer Godden
Publisher: Open Road Media
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February 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lady and the Unicorn: A Virago Modern Classic
Author(s): Rumer Godden
Publisher: Virago
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February 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lady and the Unicorn: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics Book 168)
Author(s): Rumer Godden
Publisher: Virago
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