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A Five Year Sentence

(1978)
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Miss Hawkins looked at her watch. It was two thirty. If everything went according to schedule, she could safely reckon to be dead by six o'clock. But by the day's end, events have taken a dramatic turn and Miss Hawkins is sentenced to live.

Forcibly retired, she is presented with a five-year diary. Programmed since childhood to total obedience, Miss Hawkins slavishly follows her diary's commands until the impossible happens - she meets a man.

As a last reprieve from the horrors of loneliness she embarks on a full-scale mission to taste life's secret pleasures - and pains - until the cup runs dry....


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July 1993 : UK Hardback

Title: Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-7451-1896-8 / 978-0-7451-1896-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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September 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-241-11139-0 / 978-0-241-11139-0 (UK edition)
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September 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-491-02463-0 / 978-0-491-02463-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books
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May 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-7451-1906-9 / 978-0-7451-1906-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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December 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-349-10223-6 / 978-0-349-10223-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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January 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Year Sentence (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-349-13021-3 / 978-0-349-13021-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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February 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Five Year Sentence (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 0-7221-7522-1 / 978-0-7221-7522-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 1-4450-4137-5 / 978-1-4450-4137-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2014 : UK Audio CD

Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 1-4450-4139-1 / 978-1-4450-4139-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2014 : UK Audio CD

Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
ISBN: 1-4450-4138-3 / 978-1-4450-4138-4 (UK edition)
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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September 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Five Year Sentence
Author(s): Bernice Rubens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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