Sin, like Josephine Hart's third novel The Stillest Day, is an explicitly cautionary tale. Ruth Ashbridge is, from childhood, obsessively jealous of her orphaned cousin Elizabeth. At first, her envy leads her into only minor misbehaviour--adopting her smile, stealing her jewellery and silk underwear. Yet these small thefts quickly escalate into major transgressions as Ruth sets about stealing Elizabeth's husband and her happiness.

The confessional nature of Hart's first-person narrative suits the outpouring of hatred and envy. Ruth's position is succinctly summed up: "Like Satan before the Fall, I came to hate the very nature of goodness, to fear its power." However, her emotion is occasionally overemphasised and the descriptions of her overwrought, resulting in Ruth sounding unintentionally comic. She says of her own marriage to Dominick: "We were balanced. His love. My coldness."

With Sin, Josephine Hart aims to create a modern biblical parable. In order to foreground the didactic content of her novel, Hart keeps characterisation to a minimum, shunning the complex psychology and narrative tension of her first novel Damage. In Hart's world, sin--succumbing to an impulse in complete disregard of its consequences--leads inescapably to tragedy. Through that tragedy, the heroine will learn too late the true value of goodness. --Vanessa Cook

Genre: Literary Fiction

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January 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 1-4804-7925-X / 978-1-4804-7925-8 (USA edition)
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April 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
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April 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sin
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ISBN: 0-517-11628-6 / 978-0-517-11628-9 (USA edition)
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September 1993 : UK Hardback

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 0-7451-1959-X / 978-0-7451-1959-5 (UK edition)
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February 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sin (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
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September 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sin
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August 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sin
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ISBN: 0-394-22315-2 / 978-0-394-22315-5 (USA edition)
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August 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sin
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sin (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 1-84408-717-4 / 978-1-84408-717-4 (UK edition)
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sin
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ISBN: 1-4532-0004-5 / 978-1-4532-0004-9 (USA edition)
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April 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sin
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ISBN: 0-09-959221-5 / 978-0-09-959221-1 (UK edition)
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June 1994 : UK Paperback

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 0-7451-1970-0 / 978-0-7451-1970-0 (UK edition)
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October 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sin
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May 1993 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Sin
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ISBN: 0-8041-1097-2 / 978-0-8041-1097-6 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

December 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sin
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ISBN: 1-5200-5208-1 / 978-1-5200-5208-3 (USA edition)
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December 2016 : USA Audio CD
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December 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sin
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January 2013 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 1-4450-2191-9 / 978-1-4450-2191-1 (UK edition)
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January 2013 : UK Audio CD

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 1-4450-2192-7 / 978-1-4450-2192-8 (UK edition)
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January 2013 : UK Audio CD

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 1-4450-2193-5 / 978-1-4450-2193-5 (UK edition)
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December 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sin
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December 2012 : UK Audio edition
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December 1997 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 0-7871-1397-2 / 978-0-7871-1397-1 (USA edition)
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August 1992 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Sin
Author(s): Josephine Hart
ISBN: 0-679-41704-4 / 978-0-679-41704-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sin (Virago Modern Classics Book 174)
Author(s): Josephine Hart
Publisher: Virago
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