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The Soul of Kindness

(1964)
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'Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth. As a reader, I have found huge pleasure in returning to Taylor's novels and short stories many times over. As a writer I've returned to her too - in awe of her achievements, and trying to work out how she does it' Sarah Waters

A brilliant novel about the damage caused by relentless 'niceness'. Uncritical, encouraging, 'the soul of kindness', Flora's help is the cruelest hindrance to those who love her most.

'Here I am!' Flora called to Richard as she went downstairs. For a second, Meg felt disloyalty. It occurred to her of a sudden that Flora was always saying that, and that it was in the tone of one giving a lovely present.

Elegant, blonde and beautiful, Flora has everything under control: her perfect home, her husband Richard, her friend Meg, adoring Kit, and the writer Patrick.

Flora entrances everyone, dangling visions of happiness and success before their spellbound eyes. All are bewitched by this golden tyrant. Except, that is, for the clear-eyed painter, Liz, who can see that Flora's kindness is the sweetest poison of them all.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 1977 : UK Hardback

Title: Soul of Kindness
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN: 0-86009-066-3 / 978-0-86009-066-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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December 1964 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Soul of Kindness
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN: 0-7011-1141-0 / 978-0-7011-1141-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Soul Of Kindness (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN: 1-84408-656-9 / 978-1-84408-656-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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June 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Soul Of Kindness (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN: 0-86068-345-1 / 978-0-86068-345-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Soul of Kindness (A Virago modern classic)
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN: 0-385-27922-1 / 978-0-385-27922-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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December 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Soul Of Kindness
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
Publisher: Virago
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December 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Soul Of Kindness (Virago Modern Classics Book 113)
Author(s): Elizabeth Taylor
Publisher: Virago
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