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A Quiet Life

AuthorBeryl Bainbridge

NarratorMark McGann

Duration5h

CategoriesAdult Fiction, Novels

PublisherChivers

VersionUnabridged

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Alan, a schoolboy living in a seaside village after the war, is concerned about the behaviour of his sister Madge. She has been seen talking to a German prisoner on the beach. Gradually her nightly disappearances affect the whole household. The parents become bitterly estranged, the wireless is turned up full volume so the neighbours won't hear the rows and the slamming of doors. Inexorably, Alan's consience and his love for his family lead to disaster. Does time distort or clarify events in the past? After twenty years can one ever be sure they took place at all?

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