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Rendell, Ruth. PORTOBELLO - Hutchinson 2008

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Portobello by Ruth Rendell. 2008 - Hutchinson. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Portobello by Ruth Rendell, published in 2008 by Hutchinson.

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Title Portobello
Author Ruth Rendell
Publisher Hutchinson
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2008
ISBN 9780091925840
Cover Price 18.99
No. Pages 278
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.52

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and silver lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £18.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.


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Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.



Synopsis of this title

The Portobello area of West London has a rich personality – vibrant, brilliant in colour, noisy, with graffiti that approach art, bizarre and splendid. An indefinable edge to it adds a spice of danger. There is nothing safe about Portobello…

Eugene Wren inherited an art gallery from his father near an arcade that now sells cashmere, handmade soaps and children’s clothes. But he decided to move to a more upmarket site in Kensington Church Street. Eugene was fifty, with prematurely white hair. He was, perhaps, too secretive for his own good. He also had an addictive personality. But he had cut back radically on his alcohol consumption and had given up cigarettes. Which was just as well, considering he was going out with a doctor. For all his good intentions, though, there was something he didn’t want her to know about…

On a shopping trip one day, Eugene, quite by chance, came across an envelope containing money. He picked it up. For some reason, rather than report the matter to the police, he wrote a note and stuck it up on lamppost near his house:

‘Found in Chepstow Villas, a sum of money between eighty and a hundred and sixty pounds. Anyone who has lost such a sum should apply to the phone number below.’

This note would link the lives of a number of very different people – each with their obsessions, problems and dreams and despairs. And through it all the hectic life of Portobello would bustle on.

Reviews of this title

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'Ruth Rendell is back to her creepy best. She has always been wonderful at exploring the dark corners of the human mind, and the way private fantasies can clash and explode into terrifying violence’'Daily Mail

'Rendell coaxes her horrors along so seductively that all kinds of nastiness seem not only possible, but inevitable' Literary Review

'Ruth Rendell is excellent at catatonia. She revels in the menacing potential of stillness, the sinister heft of the inanimate object. In this cool yet engrossing novel, life’s miscellanea…threaten to unmask awful secrets. The suspense is genteel, but palpable… Rendell is in full control of her craft here.' Sunday Times

'The plot twists in this electrifying read reach all the way to the last page.'Publishers Weekly


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