Zeph is a young girl with two talents - to be herself regardless of the mayhem she causes, and to be a great writer. Life is her raw material and it doesn't come any more raw than the company she keeps. There's her friend Nell, Maria, her father's lover, and her suave brother Montrose.
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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, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2217699
Book Description London, Hutchinson, 1992. First Edition, First Printing. -- Hardcover. Condition: very good (page margins faintly tanned) in fine dust jacket. -- Nice collector's copy, now scarce. ISBN 0091746426. Bookseller Inventory # 9226
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1992. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. 154pp. HARDCOVER Dustwrapper will be supplied in protective sleeve or lyfjacket. Size: 8vo - over 73/4" - 93/4" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 8155/179
Book Description London, Hutchinson, 1992. First Edition, First Printing. -- Hardcover. Condition: very good (paper bit tanned) with very good dust jacket (short tear). ISBN 0091746426. Bookseller Inventory # 9299
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. not a reprint, not price clipped, no owner's name or other inscription, some page tanning. D/j has no tears, nicks, creases or marks and is protected by a clear removable sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 03691
Book Description London, Hutchinson, 1992. 13.5 cm x 20.5 cm. 154 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. "Audrey Lilian Barker FRSL (13 April 1918 – 21 February 2002) was an English novelist and short story writer. She was born in St Pauls Cray, Kent and brought up in Beckenham. During her lifetime, she published ten collections of short stories and eleven novels, one of which - John Brown's Body - was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1970. She was also the winner of the inaugural Somerset Maugham Prize in 1947, with her collection of short stories called Innocents." (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 72046AB