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Five Year Sentence, a (1978) [Novel]
by Bernice Rubens Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

'Miss Hawkins looked at her watch, it was two-thirty. If everything went according to schedule, she could safely reckon to be dead by six o'clock.'

But by the day's end, events have taken a dramatic turn and Miss Hawkins is sentenced to live. Forcibly retired, she is presented by her colleagues with a five-year diary. Programmed since childhood to total obedience, Miss Hawkins slavishly follows her diary's commands until the impossible happens—she meets a man. As a last reprieve from the horrors of loneliness she embarks on a determined full-scale mission to taste life's secret pleasures—and pains—until the the cup runs dry...

Original title: A Five Year Sentence
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction


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Edition #1: Five Year Sentence, a

Five Year Sentence, a (1978)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Riveting... unerringly right to the end." Guardian
  • "Resoundingly confirms Bernice Rubens' place among our most distinguished novelists." New Statesman
  • "A most entertaining and at times moving black comedy." Listener
  • "From the opening sentence to the last devastating summation this novel is extraordinary." Publishers Weekly
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Five Year Sentence, a (1978)

ISBN: 0722175221

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