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Canvey Island

(2006)
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It is 1953 in Canvey Island. Len and Violet are at a dance. Violet's husband, George sits and watches them sway and glide across the dance floor, his mind far away, trapped by a war that ended nearly ten years ago. Meanwhile, at home, a storm rages and Len's wife, Lily and his young son, Martin fight for their lives in the raging black torrent. The night ends in a tragedy that will reverberate through their lives. This poignant novel follows the family's fortunes from the austerity of the post-war years to Churchill's funeral, from Greenham Common to the onset of Thatcherism and beyond, eloquently capturing the very essence of a transforming England in the decades after the war. It is a triumph of understated emotion, a novel about growing up and growing old, about love, hope and reconciliation.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-7475-8187-8 / 978-0-7475-8187-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 1-59051-293-6 / 978-1-59051-293-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-7475-8583-0 / 978-0-7475-8583-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 0-7475-8407-9 / 978-0-7475-8407-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

August 2006 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 1-84648-095-7 / 978-1-84648-095-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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August 2006 : UK Audio CD

Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
ISBN: 1-84648-113-9 / 978-1-84648-113-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Canvey Island
Author(s): James Runcie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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