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A Temporary Life

(1973)
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An art teacher searches for meaning in a strange town as his wife spirals into madness in this stunning novel from Man Booker Prize - winning author David Storey

Colin Freestone had not planned to live in northern England. The people here are so passionate and raw that he does not expect to ever understand them or feel at ease. But when his wife, Yvonne, fell sick, she would only accept psychiatric care if she could be near her mother, so Colin had no choice but to move north. As Yvonne wastes away in the hospital, sinking deeper and deeper into a terrifying and incomprehensible madness, Colin tries to make sense of his strange surroundings. He may live here now, but he will never call it home.

To pass the time, he takes a job teaching art at a second-rate college that is headed by a nutrition-crazed dean. Colin makes friends, meets women, and plays tennis, but nothing can distract him from the fact that his wife is slowly dying and he is helpless to stop it.



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Used availability for David Storey's A Temporary Life

Hardback Editions

January 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Temporary Life
Author(s): David Storey
ISBN: 0-224-02839-1 / 978-0-224-02839-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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July 1974 : USA Hardback
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Title: A temporary life
Author(s): David Storey
ISBN: 0-525-21495-X / 978-0-525-21495-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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September 1973 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Temporary Life
Author(s): David Storey
ISBN: 0-7139-0505-0 / 978-0-7139-0505-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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Paperback Editions

May 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Temporary Life
Author(s): David Storey
ISBN: 0-14-004861-8 / 978-0-14-004861-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1975 : USA Paperback
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Title: A temporary life
Author(s): David Storey
ISBN: 0-380-00513-1 / 978-0-380-00513-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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