- Paperback: 1020 pages
- Publisher: Galley Beggar Press; 01 edition (4 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910296961
- ISBN-13: 978-1910296967
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 5.7 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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- #17987 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)
Ducks, Newburyport Paperback – Import, 4 Jul 2019
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About the Author
Lucy Ellmann is an Anglo-American novelist who now lives in Scotland. Her first book, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize.
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