The girl in a swing

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Knopf : distributed by Random House, Apr 12, 1980 - Fiction - 339 pages
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A quiet English bachelor falls headlong in love with and impulsively marries a stunningly beautiful young German woman and only slowly discovers the nature of the darkness and doom she carries with her

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Review: The Girl in a Swing

User Review  - Daniel Klawitter - Goodreads

Literary, Gothic, psychological...but above all this novel is a love story: with an incredibly deft hand Adams portrays the orderly and proper British protagonist (Alan) falling in love with the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Auntie Grizelda - Goodreads

I read this book after my boyfriend at the time said I reminded him of the Girl in a Swing. I thought he was talking about the main character. Did not realize until many years later, long after we broke up, that he was talking about something else. Read to find out what! Read full review

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Richard Adams was born in Bershire, England in 1920. He studied history at Bradfield and Worcester College, Oxford before serving in World War II. After the war, Adams joined the Civil Service, where he put into action the Clean Air Act and the Thames Barrage, and from which he retired in 1974 to devote himself full-time to writing. The idea for his novel 'Watership Down' came to him during a long car ride when he needed a story to entertain his children. The book went on the receive both the Carnegie medal and the Guardian award for children's fiction in 1972. Watership Down was rejected seven times before finally being accepted by Rex Collings. It was originally published in a first edition of 2,500 in 1972, but progressed to large sales. With American publication it became an adult and world-wide bestseller, selling over a million copies in record time. After Watership Down appeared in the US, Adams became in demand as a writer-in-residence. Her spent several years at American universities. There have been excerpts of Watership Down read on B.B.C. radio, an animated film, a musical version, a dramatic performance in Regent's Park and a children's television series. Adams has produced six major novels, together with several collections of short stories, travel writing, poetry and works on natural history. He has been president of the R.S.P.C.A.. He has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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