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The Birthday Present

(2008)
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Mention his name and most people will say, 'Who?' while the rest think for a bit and ask if he wasn't the one who got involved in all that sleaze back whenever it was ...? It's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing: between Ivor Tesham, a thirty-three year old rising star of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, and Hebe Furnal, a stunning North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. What excitement Hebe lacks at home, however, is amply compensated for by the well-bred and intensely attractive Tesham - an ardent womanizer and ambitious politican. On the eve of her twenty-eighth birthday, Tesham decides to give Hebe a present to remember: something far more memorable than, say, the costly string of pearls he's already lavished upon her. Involving a fashionable new practice known as 'adventure sex', a man arranges for his unsuspecting but otherwise willing girlfriend to be snatched from the street, bound and gagged, and delivered to him at a mutually agreed venue...Set amidst an age of IRA bombings, the first Gulf War, and sleazy politics, "The Birthday Present" is the gripping story of a fall from grace, and of a man who carries within him all the hypocrisy, greed and self-obsession of a troubled era.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Birthday Present: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-307-45198-4 / 978-0-307-45198-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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March 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Birthday Present, The (Large Print Book)
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4084-1505-4 / 978-1-4084-1505-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: AUDIOGO
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-670-91761-3 / 978-0-670-91761-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-241-97237-X / 978-0-241-97237-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-241-96719-8 / 978-0-241-96719-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-241-96675-2 / 978-0-241-96675-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-307-46047-9 / 978-0-307-46047-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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August 2009 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-317026-0 / 978-0-14-317026-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-103621-4 / 978-0-14-103621-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-104063-7 / 978-0-14-104063-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present [Large Print]: 16 Point
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-85878-966-4 / 978-1-85878-966-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Royal National Institute of Blind People
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March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present: A Novel (Random House Large Print (Cloth/paper))
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-7393-2837-9 / 978-0-7393-2837-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-670-91762-1 / 978-0-670-91762-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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August 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-317025-2 / 978-0-14-317025-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Group Canada
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Audio Editions

May 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4893-9343-9 / 978-1-4893-9343-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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May 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4893-9342-0 / 978-1-4893-9342-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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December 2015 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-104072-6 / 978-0-14-104072-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Birthday Present: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4915-3540-7 / 978-1-4915-3540-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Birthday Present, The
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4915-3581-4 / 978-1-4915-3581-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4084-2685-4 / 978-1-4084-2685-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
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April 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2009 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4084-3906-9 / 978-1-4084-3906-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Birthday Present
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Birthday Present: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon