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The Pride of the Peacock

(1976)
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Jessica's early days were spent in the shadow of Oakland Hall, her family's ancestral home which, owing to financial difficulties, they had been obliged to sell to the rumbustious opal miner, Ben Henniker. Jessica learned that there was a certain mystery surrounding her when she discovered an unconsecrated grave near the house. From the garrulous, irrepressible Ben, she heard the legend of the Green Flash at Sunset, the unique opal reckoned to be the most beautiful in the world, which had disappeared after Ben had shown it to a group of colleagues. Gradually she learned that she was involved in the mystery. Through Ben, she left England for Australia and found herself in the midst of the opal mining community, at the head of which was Joss Madden, a man of power and such pride that he was compared with the peacocks after which Ben had named his Australian mansion. Forced into a marriage distasteful to her, Jessica was caught up in the search for the famous opal which was said to bring ill luck to all those who owned it, yet men committed crimes in order ot possess it. The story is told by Jessica against the dignified background of English country life and the colourful, vital opal mining society of New South Wales. There were the mischievous and not too scrupulous Ben who owned the famous opal; Mrs Laud, the unobtrusive housekeeper who had played a significant part in Ben's life; her quiet son and daughter; the alluring Isa and her complaisant husband; and at the centre of the scene was Joss Madden, the adventurer who, it appeared, would stop at nothing to satisfy his immense pride and love of power. The tension increased with every new discovery until Jessica realized that more was involved than the search for a lost opal and that her own life was threatened.



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Hardback Editions

January 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Pride of the Peacock (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-86220-335-X / 978-0-86220-335-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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1982 : Leather Bound

Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 2830202511 / 978-2830202519
Publisher: Heron Books
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June 1977 : UK Hardback

Title: Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-86043-059-6 / 978-0-86043-059-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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June 1977 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-8161-6455-X / 978-0-8161-6455-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. K. Hall
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September 1976 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-00-221670-1 / 978-0-00-221670-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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August 1976 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Eleanor Hibbert, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr
ISBN: 0-385-12281-0 / 978-0-385-12281-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock (Casablanca Classics)
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 1-4022-7746-6 / 978-1-4022-7746-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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February 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pride of the Peacock (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-7451-3210-3 / 978-0-7451-3210-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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October 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-449-21352-8 / 978-0-449-21352-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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July 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-449-20493-6 / 978-0-449-20493-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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March 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-449-24113-0 / 978-0-449-24113-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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February 1982 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-00-616488-9 / 978-0-00-616488-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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April 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-00-615179-5 / 978-0-00-615179-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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April 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-449-23198-4 / 978-0-449-23198-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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1977 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Pride of the Peacock, The
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-00-614591-4 / 978-0-00-614591-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins/Fontana Books
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Audio Editions

April 1991 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-8161-9570-6 / 978-0-8161-9570-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall Audio Books
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December 1990 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Pride of the Peacock: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Victoria Holt
ISBN: 0-7451-6033-6 / 978-0-7451-6033-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Pride of the Peacock (Casablanca Classics)
Author(s): Victoria Holt
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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