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The Childs Child

(2012)
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From "unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time" (Patricia Cornwell), a new novel from Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine, about a brother and sister involved with the same man in contemporary London.

When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair - until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace's doctoral thesis soon puncture the house's idyllic atmosphere. When he and Andrew witness their friend's murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel, and what happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house. Just as turmoil sets in at Dinmont House, Grace escapes into reading a manuscript - a long-lost novel from 1951 called The Child's Child - never published, due to its frank depictions of an unwed mother and a homosexual relationship. The book is the story of two siblings born a few years after World War One. This brother and sister, John and Maud, mirror the present-day Andrew and Grace: a homosexual brother and a sister carrying an illegitimate child. Acts of violence and sex will reverberate through their stories. The Child's Child is an ingenious novel-within-a-novel about family, betrayal, and disgrace. A master of psychological suspense, Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, takes us where violence and social taboos collide. She shows how society's treatment of those it once considered undesirable has changed - and how sometimes it hasn't.

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Hardback Editions

March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-670-92220-X / 978-0-670-92220-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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January 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-61173-614-5 / 978-1-61173-614-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point
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December 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4516-9489-X / 978-1-4516-9489-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-385-67939-4 / 978-0-385-67939-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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February 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-241-96357-5 / 978-0-241-96357-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-241-96358-3 / 978-0-241-96358-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4767-0427-9 / 978-1-4767-0427-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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February 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-670-92221-8 / 978-0-670-92221-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-385-67937-8 / 978-0-385-67937-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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Audio Editions

December 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-5366-2488-8 / 978-1-5366-2488-5
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4692-7610-0 / 978-1-4692-7610-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4692-7849-9 / 978-1-4692-7849-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4713-0327-6 / 978-1-4713-0327-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGO Limited
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4692-7605-4 / 978-1-4692-7605-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4692-7608-9 / 978-1-4692-7608-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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December 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4692-7607-0 / 978-1-4692-7607-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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December 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4692-7609-7 / 978-1-4692-7609-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


December 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Child's Child
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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December 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Child's Child: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon