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Purposes of Love

(1934)
(Promise of Love)
A novel by

 
 
Vivian, a student nurse, chose her profession as a challenge, both to her spirit and to her permanently exhausted body; Mic immerses himself in his work at the hospital to ward off the emotional wounds of an unhappy childhood. Through Jan, Viv's beloved older brother, they meet, and their friendship turns into a secret romance. Secret because, if discovered, it would cost them their jobs.

Despite the discipline and rigid hierarchy imposed by the hospital, their passion takes root, but between them hangs the tantalising and enigmatic shadow of Jan.

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Hardback Editions

June 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Promise of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
ISBN: 0-89244-079-1 / 978-0-89244-079-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Queens House
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Purposes of Love: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Mary Renault
ISBN: 1-84408-951-7 / 978-1-84408-951-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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May 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Purposes of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
ISBN: 0-14-008137-2 / 978-0-14-008137-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 1979 : USA Paperback

Title: Promise of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
ISBN: 0-515-05147-0 / 978-0-515-05147-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jove
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1974 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Promise Of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
ISBN: 0-515-03422-3 / 978-0-515-03422-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pyramid
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Audio Editions

December 2015 : MP3 CD

Title: Purposes of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
ISBN: 1-5113-3997-7 / 978-1-5113-3997-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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December 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Purposes of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Purposes of Love
Author(s): Mary Renault
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Purposes of Love: A Virago Modern Classic
Author(s): Mary Renault
Publisher: Virago
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June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Purposes of Love: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics Book 320)
Author(s): Mary Renault
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK