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Published in 1952 as "Three Bear Witness", this is a sinister tale of love and death centred around Joseph Pugh, an Oxford don who leaves "the great university" for a life in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm, and for Bronwen Vaughn, the wife of a neighbouring farmer.
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A subtle and fascinating tale.
A subtle and fascinating tale. "
O'Brian's greatness is present. Calmly and with wit he shows how things go wrong in little worlds.
Patrick O'Brian has a power of bringing near to the reader...savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.--Eudora Welty
'Testimonies', Patrick O'Brian's first novel, was written almost twenty years before the first of his famous Aubrey/Maturin series and is now available for the first time in paperback.
“Patrick O'Brian's 'Testimonies' makes one think of a great ballad or Biblical story...In O'Brian, as in Yeats, the most studied literary cultivation and knowledge bring into being works which read as if they were prior to literature and conscious literary technique.”
“The harmony between setting, character, narrative and method achieves an extraordinary power and intensity of emotion without ever betraying the slightest sign of effort. It is a story that does not so much speak as sing, with haunting purity of the ancient rhapsode or the bard, yet in a voice as modern and direct as today's newspaper.”
GODFREY HODGSON, 'Independent'
“O'Brian has a power of bringing near to the reader...savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity... He's perceptive and skilled, but best of all he writes with passion.”
“The perfection of its prose... the characters' attitudes and motives, the delicate complexities of feeling, and the lyrical evocation of place make this book remarkable... 'Testimonies' is a perfect tragedy.”
JESSICA MANN, 'Sunday Telegraph'
“Wonderfully portrayed... the uncompromising detail of the scenery, the small, revealing exchanges of social life and the persuasive development of character are those of a master-novelist working.”
PHILIPPA GREGORY, 'Sunday Times'
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Book Description Hardback. 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. Seller Inventory # GOR004655042
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0002242079 Books shipped daily. Professional seller. Seller Inventory # Z0002242079Z3
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Not price clipped and without inscriptions. First Printing in protected wrapper. Set in North Wales. Seller Inventory # 18302
Book Description HarperCollins College Publishers, London, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hardcover. Good condition. First edition, first printing. Slight wear on spine head of dust jacket. One or two very small dents on hardcover spine ends. Stamp on rear pastedown. Contents are clear. AF. Used. Seller Inventory # 443006
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Limited, London, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # 2871
Book Description HarperCollins, 1994. Hardback. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. First Edition (First Printing). Testimonies, Patrick O'Brian's first novel, was written almost twenty years before the first of the Aubrey/Maturin stones and is now available again for the first time in forty. Y. It tells the story of Bronwen Vaughan. Bronwen's life, like that of many other women born in the valleys of north Wales, is outwardly uneventful, but inwardly it is a drama of conflicting motives and hopes and fears. 222pp. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Need further photos or information? Just use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I’ll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the bucolic paradise of Peasedown St. John, near Bath in England from a long-established bookseller - your purchase guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! Buying this book means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Seller Inventory # 136092
Book Description Harper Collins Reprint VG/VG minor edgewear 222pp 9 x 6 430g, 1993. Originally published as Three Bear Witness in 1952 this tale of a girl ane her relationships in a remote part of NorthWales was written 20 years before O'Brian gained fame through his Jack Aubrey maritime novels. Seller Inventory # 16353
Book Description Collins, 1994. Cloth. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. Collins. 1994 222pp. An UNREAD, as NEW, FIRST Edtion , FIRST Printing Hardback in VG unclipped DW. #4. Book. Seller Inventory # 000251
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Thus. 1st UK edition (Under this title ) in library issue binding, typical ex library stamps/sticker. Generally a very well presented copy showing little use. Was originally published in 1952 as "Three Bear witness". Seller Inventory # 005755
Book Description Milner and co. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Circ 1860 Good for its age front hinge slightly cracked - otherwise solid reading copy - immediate despatch from the UK 6 days a week. Seller Inventory # 000872