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Guardian Fiction Prize Best Novel
A Pacific cruise from Tahiti to New Zealand aboard the Ardent Spirit brings together six people whose characters will only slowly emerge before a climactic storm scene near the end. Alec and Elspeth, both Scottish, as is Candia McWilliam, alternate in narration, each veering between current events and memory to reveal further layers of detail beneath the surface. A central image of a stuffed tortoise cut in half lengthwise by the taxidermist to serve as an instructional aid evokes the author's purpose. For her idiosyncratic and fresh use of language here, McWilliam won the 1994 Guardian Fiction Prize.

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Hardback Editions

August 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: Debatable Land (Bloomsbury Classic Series)
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 0-7475-2743-1 / 978-0-7475-2743-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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February 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Debatable Land
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 0-385-26310-4 / 978-0-385-26310-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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December 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: Debatable Land
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 0-7451-2638-3 / 978-0-7451-2638-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: Debatable Land
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 0-7475-1708-8 / 978-0-7475-1708-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Debatable Land: reissued
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 1-4088-2299-7 / 978-1-4088-2299-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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July 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Debatable Land
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 0-330-33662-2 / 978-0-330-33662-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 1995 : UK Paperback

Title: Debatable Land
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
ISBN: 0-7451-2639-1 / 978-0-7451-2639-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Debatable Land (Bloomsbury Classic Series)
Author(s): Candia McWilliam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK