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Farthing

(2006)
(The first book in the Small Change series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
One summer weekend in 1949—but not our 1949—the well-connected “Farthing set”, a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.

Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is married—happily—to a London Jew. It was therefore quite a surprise to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves invited to the retreat. It's even more startling when, on the retreat's first night, a major politician of the Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant signs that the killing was ritualistic.

It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him. Major political machinations are at stake, including an initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to limit the right to vote to university graduates. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts…and looking beyond the obvious.

As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out—a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.


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Hardback Editions

January 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: Farthing
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-4448-2244-6 / 978-1-4448-2244-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Farthing (Small Change)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 0-7653-1421-5 / 978-0-7653-1421-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2016 : UK Paperback

Title: Farthing
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-78541-168-3 / 978-1-78541-168-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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February 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Farthing (Small Change)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-4721-1297-0 / 978-1-4721-1297-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Farthing: A Story of a World that Could Have Been (Small Change)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 0-7653-2313-3 / 978-0-7653-2313-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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August 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Farthing (Small Change)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 0-7653-5280-X / 978-0-7653-5280-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

November 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Farthing (Small Change)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-4915-8209-X / 978-1-4915-8209-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Farthing: Small Change, Book 1
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Farthing: Small Change, Book 1
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Farthing: Small Change, Book 1
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Farthing
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Corsair
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December 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Farthing (Small Change Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Corsair
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August 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Farthing: A Story of a World that Could Have Been (Small Change)
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor Books
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