Barbara Vine





Barbara Vine

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in The United Kingdom
February 17, 1930

gender
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Pseudonym of Ruth Rendell.

Rendell created a third strand of writing with the publication of A Dark Adapted Eye under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986. Books such as King Solomon's Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Anna's Book (original UK title Asta's Book) inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects of secrets kept and crimes done. Rendell is famous for her elegant prose and sharp insights into the human mind, as well as her ability to create cogent plots and characters. Rendell has also injected the social changes of the last 40 years into her work, bringing awareness to such issues as domestic violence and the change in the status of women.


Average rating: 3.76 · 18,975 ratings · 1,639 reviews · 21 distinct works · Similar authors
A Dark-Adapted Eye
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,710 ratings — published 1986 — 35 editions
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The Chimney Sweeper's Boy
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,951 ratings — published 1998 — 49 editions
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Fatal Inversion
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,755 ratings — published 1987 — 24 editions
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Anna's Book
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,638 ratings — published 1993 — 37 editions
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The Brimstone Wedding
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,256 ratings — published 1995 — 39 editions
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The Minotaur
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 1,388 ratings — published 2005 — 34 editions
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House of Stairs, the
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,056 ratings — published 1988 — 27 editions
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The Child's Child
3.05 of 5 stars 3.05 avg rating — 1,289 ratings — published 2012 — 26 editions
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Grasshopper
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 982 ratings — published 2000 — 26 editions
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The Blood Doctor
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 970 ratings — published 2002 — 22 editions
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“Without me, without me,
Everyday's misery.
But with me - am I wrong?
No night is too long!”
Barbara Vine, No Night is Too Long

“Our children, when young, are part of ourselves. When they grow up they are just other people.”
Barbara Vine, The Chimney Sweeper's Boy

“His books distracted him for a while. They were like the aspirins you take when you've got a headache. They kill the pain for two hours and then it comes back.”
Barbara Vine, Gallowglass

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