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Before the War

(2016)
A novel by

 
London, 1922. It's a cold November morning, the station is windswept and rural, the sky is threatening snow, and the train is late. Vivien Ripple, 20 years old and an ungainly five foot eleven, waits on the platform at Dilberne Halt. She is wealthy and well-bred - only daughter to the founder of Ripple & Co, the nation's top publisher - but plain, painfully awkward, and, perhaps worst of all, intelligent. Nicknamed "the giantess," Vivvie is, in the estimation of most, already a spinster. But she has a plan. That very morning, Vivvie will ride to the city with the express purpose of changing her life forever.

Enter Sherwyn Sexton: charismatic, handsome - if, to his dismay, rather short. He's an aspiring novelist and editor at Ripple & Co whose greatest love is the (similarly handsome, but taller) protagonist of his thriller series. He also has a penchant for pretty young women - single and otherwise. Sherwyn is shocked when his boss's hulking daughter, dressed in a tweed jacket and moth-eaten scarf, strides into his office and asks for his hand in marriage. But his finances are running thin to support his regular dinners on the town, and Vivien's promise to house him in comfort while he writes is simply too good to refuse. What neither of them know is that she is pregnant by another man, and will die in childbirth in just a few months...

With one eye on the present and one on the past, Fay Weldon offers Vivien's fate, along with that of London between World Wars I and II: a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers, and aristocrats clinging to history.

Inventive, warm, playful, and full of Weldon's trademark ironic edge, Before the War is a spellbinding novel from one of the greatest writers of our time.

Genre: Historical
 
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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Before the War: A Novel
Author(s): Fay Weldon
ISBN: 1-250-12123-X / 978-1-250-12123-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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March 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Before the War (Spoils of War)
Author(s): Fay Weldon
ISBN: 1-78408-206-6 / 978-1-78408-206-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Before the War (Spoils of War)
Author(s): Fay Weldon
ISBN: 1-78408-208-2 / 978-1-78408-208-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Before the War (Spoils of War)
Author(s): Fay Weldon
ISBN: 1-78408-207-4 / 978-1-78408-207-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio CD
Title: Before the War
Author(s): Fay Weldon
ISBN: 1-4272-8202-1 / 978-1-4272-8202-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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November 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Before the War
Author(s): Fay Weldon
Publisher: Lamplight Audio
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November 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Before the War
Author(s): Fay Weldon
Publisher: Lamplight Audio
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October 2016 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: Before the War
Author(s): Fay Weldon
ISBN: 1-5100-4594-5 / 978-1-5100-4594-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Before the War: A Novel
Author(s): Fay Weldon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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March 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Before the War (Spoils of War)
Author(s): Fay Weldon
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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