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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Copy is not price-clipped.; 205 pages; Physical description. : xviii, 205 p. ; 24 cm. Subject: Marginality, Social - Scotland - Fife - Fiction. Coal mines and mining - Scotland - Fife - Fiction. Fife (Scotland) - Fiction.
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A must for lovers of Rankin (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
Full of secrets and revelations, with an atmospheric sense of time and place, it has Rankin's signature darkness (CHOICE)
It wouldn't take a Rebus to sleuth out the telltale signs of a talent in the making (Chris Power THE TIMES)
In 1986, a small Scottish publishing firm released a first novel by a talented young writer. Only a few hundred copies were printed but it was a literary milestone nonetheless. The book was THE FLOOD. The author was Ian Rankin...
Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community.
Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood.
THE FLOOD is both a coming-of-age novel and an amazing portrait of a time and place. Proto-Rankin as it is, it's dark, atmospheric and powerful - a remarkable debut from a remarkable author.
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Buchbeschreibung Orion, 2005. Hardcover. 1st. Ausreichend/Acceptable: Exemplar mit vollständigem Text und sämtlichen Abbildungen oder Karten. Schmutztitel oder Vorsatz können fehlen. Einband bzw. Schutzumschlag weisen unter Umständen starke Gebrauchsspuren auf. / Describes a book or dust jacket that has the complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which must be noted). Binding, dust jacket (if any), etc may also be worn. Artikel-Nr. M00752873091-B
Buchbeschreibung Orion, 2005. Hardcover. 1st. Befriedigend/Good: Durchschnittlich erhaltenes Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit Gebrauchsspuren, aber vollständigen Seiten. / Describes the average WORN book or dust jacket that has all the pages present. Artikel-Nr. M00752873091-G
Buchbeschreibung London: Orion, (2005.) dj, 2005. Hardcover first edition - First thus. First printing of this re-issue of Rankin's first novel, originally published in 1986. Includes a new introduction by Rankin in which he discusses this novel and his early career. xvii, 205 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Artikel-Nr. 66616