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The Hand That First Held Mine

(2010)
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Awards
Costa Book Awards Best Novel
Lexie Sinclair cannot stay. Enclosed within her parents' genteel country lawn, she yearns for more. She makes her way to the big city, hungry for life and love, where she meets a magazine editor, Innes, a man unlike any she has ever imagined. He introduces her to the thrilling underground world of bohemian postwar London, and she learns to be a reporter, to know art and artists, to live her life fully and with a deep love at the center of it. When that love is threatened, she nearly loses the self she worked so hard to find. But then, she will create many lives, all of them unconventional. And when she finds herself pregnant by a man wholly unsuitable for marriage or fatherhood, she doesn't hesitate for a minute to have the baby on her own, to be shaped by her love for her child.

Later, in present-day London, a young painter named Elina dizzily navigates the first weeks of motherhood. Her boyfriend, Ted, traumatized by nearly losing her in labor, begins to recover lost memories. He cannot place them. But as they become more disconcerting and return more frequently, we discover that something connects these two stories - these two women - something that becomes all the more heartbreaking and beautiful as they all hurtle toward its revelation.

A stunning portrait of motherhood and the artist's life in all their terror and glory, Maggie O'Farrell's newest novel is a gorgeous inquiry into the ways we make and unmake our lives, who we know ourselves to be, and how even our most accidental legacies connect us.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2010 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-7553-0845-X / 978-0-7553-0845-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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June 2010 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Hand That First Held Mine, The (Large Print Book)
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4084-8651-2 / 978-1-4084-8651-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: AUDIOGO
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April 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-7553-7872-5 / 978-0-7553-7872-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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April 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-547-33079-0 / 978-0-547-33079-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-7553-0846-8 / 978-0-7553-0846-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-547-42318-7 / 978-0-547-42318-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4084-8652-0 / 978-1-4084-8652-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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November 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-7553-7809-1 / 978-0-7553-7809-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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April 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-7553-5788-4 / 978-0-7553-5788-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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Audio Editions

September 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Headline Digital
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September 2012 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Headline Digital
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January 2011 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 0-7553-8398-2 / 978-0-7553-8398-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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January 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Headline Audiobooks
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January 2012 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
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October 2010 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4450-0490-9 / 978-1-4450-0490-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2010 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4450-0491-7 / 978-1-4450-0491-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2010 : UK MP3 CD
Title: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4450-0492-5 / 978-1-4450-0492-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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April 2010 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4055-0847-7 / 978-1-4055-0847-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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April 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O' Farrell
ISBN: 1-4417-2945-3 / 978-1-4417-2945-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4417-2943-7 / 978-1-4417-2943-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2010 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O' Farrell
ISBN: 1-4417-2946-1 / 978-1-4417-2946-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
ISBN: 1-4417-2942-9 / 978-1-4417-2942-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Tinder Press
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April 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2010 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Hand That First Held Mine
Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Mariner Books
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