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In the beginning a small girl runs into a wood, and two years later walks out of it and into the nearest house. Gracie, the childless spinster who finds her curled up on her armchair, takes her on as her own, seeing her as a feral gift of fate. Known as Joy in the Cotswold village that adopts her, there is endless speculation about her wild past and comical ways. In this moving and passionate tale, Joy grows into a young woman at the advent of World War II, and when she becomes romantically involved with a fighter pilot the extraordinary mystery of her past slowly unravels.

Mad Joy - Jane Bailey

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Title
Mad Joy
Author
Jane Bailey
format
Hardback
Publisher
Robinson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20060629

In the beginning a small girl runs into a wood, and two years later walks out of it and into the nearest house. Gracie, the childless spinster who finds her curled up on her armchair, takes her on as her own, seeing her as a feral gift of fate. Known as Joy in the Cotswold village that adopts her, there is endless speculation about her wild past and comical ways. In this moving and passionate tale, Joy grows into a young woman at the advent of World War II, and when she becomes romantically involved with a fighter pilot the extraordinary mystery of her past slowly unravels.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Feral children - England - Cotswold Hills - Fiction.|World War, 1939-1945 - England - Cotswold Hills - Fiction.|Bildungsromans.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
312

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