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Care of Wooden Floors

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
A bold and brilliant debut from a darkly funny new voice.

Oskar is a minimalist composer best known for a piece called Variations on Tram Timetables. He is married to a Californian art dealer named Laura and he lives with two cats, named after Russian composers, in an Eastern European city.

But this book isn't really about Oskar. Oskar is in Los Angeles, having his marriage dismantled by lawyers. He has entrusted an old university friend with the task of looking after his cats, and taking care of his perfect, beautiful apartment.

Despite the fact that Oskar has left dozens of surreally detailed notes covering every aspect of looking after the flat, things do not go well.

Care of Wooden Floors is about how a tiny oversight can trip off a disastrous and farcical (fatal, even) chain of consequences. It's about a friendship between two men who don't know each other very well. It's about alienation and being alone in a foreign city. It's about the quest for perfection and the struggle against entropy. And it is, a little, about how to take care of wooden floors.

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October 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 0-547-95356-9 / 978-0-547-95356-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little A / New Harvest
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September 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-4458-2580-5 / 978-1-4458-2580-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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February 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 0-00-742443-4 / 978-0-00-742443-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : Paperback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-5420-4774-9 / 978-1-5420-4774-6
Publisher: Little A
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March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-4458-2581-3 / 978-1-4458-2581-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 0-00-742444-2 / 978-0-00-742444-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 0-385-67639-5 / 978-0-385-67639-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 0-00-743126-0 / 978-0-00-743126-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperPress
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-5012-7906-8 / 978-1-5012-7906-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-4692-0734-6 / 978-1-4692-0734-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-4692-0739-7 / 978-1-4692-0739-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-4692-0744-3 / 978-1-4692-0744-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
Author(s): Will Wiles
ISBN: 1-4692-0750-8 / 978-1-4692-0750-6 (USA edition)
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October 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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October 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel
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October 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
Publisher: Little A
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April 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Care of Wooden Floors
Author(s): Will Wiles
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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