This work looks at the life of a middle-aged female storyteller who tells the stories in this book. The stories are concerned with unfulfilled and usually perverted sexual relationships, which are in turn linked to the storyteller's own unsuccessful marriage.
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A. L. Barker (1918-2002) was a short story writer and novelist. Born in St Paul's Cray, Kent, she lived in the same milieu where London borders on Kent and Surrey, for the rest of her life. As her Oxford DNB entry says it was 'the chief setting for her work, which often seemed to partake of the quotidian mysteriousness and even abandonment of these areas.' Her first selection of short stories, Innocents, won the Somerset Maugham award in 1947. Of her short stories, Robert Nye has written, 'stories as carefully composed as poems, quiet and delicate and reserved perhaps, but oddly lingering in the mind.' Although a stranger to commercial success, she never wanted for admirers, Jane Gardam, Francis King, Auberon Waugh, Evelyn Waugh, Rebecca West, John Sutherland, Deborah Moggach, Ronald Blythe, Susan Hill, A. S. Byatt, Adam Mars-Jones, Nina Bawden and Victoria Glendinning being just some of them. A. L. Barker deserves to be better known. Faber Finds is proud to be reissuing her entire oeuvre, six volumes of short stories - Innocents, Novelette with Other Stories, Femina Real, Life Stories, No Words of Love and Element of Doubt - and thirteen novels - Apology for a Hero, A Case Examined, The Joy-Ride and After, Lost Upon the Roundabouts, The Middling, John Brown's Body, Source of Embarrassment, A Heavy Feather, Relative Successes, The Gooseboy, The Woman Who Talked to Herself, Zeph and The Haunt.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1989. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP69252144
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005388298
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1989. hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Hardback in good condition; minor wear on jacket. Superficial marks and scores on front and rear of jacket. Boards unmarked, but slightly bumped on edges; contents clean and sound throughout. TPW. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 256847
Book Description Hutchinson., 1989. Book Condition: Very Good. First. Hard Cover. Book- VG+. Dj- VG. 8.5x5.5. 186pp. Bookseller Inventory # 1695338
Book Description Hutchinson, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. First Edition. London : Hutchinson, 1989. Hardcover FIRST edition, held in the original pictorial wrapper. Light edgewear to the wrapper, yet has not been price-clipped. Bound in black cloth-effect boards with gilt lettering to the spine. Only very light edgewear to boards. Internally page bodies a little toned, yet text remains sharp. Binding firm. DISPATCHED FROM THE UK WITHIN 24 HOURS ( BOOKS ORDERED OVER THE WEEKEND DISPATCHED ON MONDAY) BY ROYAL MAIL. ALL OVERSEAS ORDERS SENT BY AIR MAIL. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000487710
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1989. hardbound. 8vo. A.L. Barker novel based around a middle-aged story teller, her fictional world and the characters who inhabit it. dustwrapper. 186pp. 8vo. Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 3006
Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0091740606 WITH DJ. Bookseller Inventory # K0040907