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A Sight for Sore Eyes

(1998)
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A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together. The first is a story of a little girl who has been scolded and sent to her room when her mother is brutally murdered; as Francine grows up, she is haunted by the experience, and it is years before she even speaks. Secondly, we become privy to the life of a young man, Teddy, born of unthinking young parents, who grows up almost completely ignored. Free of societal mores, he becomes a sociopath, who eventually discovers that killing can be an effective way to get what he wants. Thirdly, we meet Harriet, who from an early age has learned to use her beauty to make her way in the world. Bored by marriage to a wealthy, much older man, she scans the local newspapers for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house, including services in the bedroom.

When these three plots strands finally converge, the result is harrowing and unforgettable. A Sight for Sore Eyes is not just the work of a writer at the peak of her craft. It is an extraordinary story by a writer who, after 45 books, countless awards, and decades of international acclaim, is still getting better with every book.

 
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Used availability for Ruth Rendell's A Sight for Sore Eyes


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Hardback Editions

January 1999 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-1336-7 / 978-0-7540-1336-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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March 1999 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Firebird
Author(s): J Graham
ISBN: 0-385-25855-0 / 978-0-385-25855-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BCA
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March 1999 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes (Signed Edition)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-609-50208-5 / 978-0-609-50208-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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March 1999 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-609-60417-1 / 978-0-609-60417-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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February 1999 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-609-50170-4 / 978-0-609-50170-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 1998 : UK Leather Bound
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-873567-38-3 / 978-1-873567-38-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scorpion Press
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September 1998 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-180101-X / 978-0-09-180101-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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September 1998 : UK Hardback
Title: Sight for Sore Eyes (Limited Ed)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-186706-1 / 978-0-09-186706-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-955715-0 / 978-0-09-955715-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-2250-1 / 978-0-7540-2250-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-440-23544-8 / 978-0-440-23544-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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October 1999 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7704-2845-2 / 978-0-7704-2845-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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September 1999 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-927145-1 / 978-0-09-927145-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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March 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-375-70573-2 / 978-0-375-70573-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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March 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes (Thorndike Press Large Print Paperback Series)
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7838-8484-2 / 978-0-7838-8484-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Der Sonderling, engl. Ausgabe
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-440-29566-1 / 978-0-440-29566-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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September 1998 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-180062-5 / 978-0-09-180062-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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September 1998 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-09-180113-3 / 978-0-09-180113-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

November 2011 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2010 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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July 2009 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2004 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-85686-925-3 / 978-1-85686-925-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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August 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7366-4591-8 / 978-0-7366-4591-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 1999 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: A Sight for Sore Eyes: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7540-0385-X / 978-0-7540-0385-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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April 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-7366-4504-7 / 978-0-7366-4504-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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March 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 0-375-40570-4 / 978-0-375-40570-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
ISBN: 1-85686-670-X / 978-1-85686-670-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Dell
Availability: Amazon   

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Sight For Sore Eyes
Author(s): Ruth Rendell
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


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