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Published: November 2020
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BIC Subject: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published By: Hachette Australia
 
Published: 08-Nov-2020
Format: Paperback, 240 pages,
ISBN: 9780349144344
Stock Code: 9144344
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To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Elected Member winning the Booker Prize, Abacus is reissuing Bernice Rubens's classic novel with a bold new cover.To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Elected Member winning the Booker Prize, Abacus is reissuing Bernice Rubens's classic novel with a bold new cover.
Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant barrister; the apple of his parents' eyes . . . until at forty-one he becomes a drug addict, confined to his bedroom, at the mercy of his hallucinations and paranoia.

For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For Rbbi Zweck, Norman's father, his son's deterioration is a bitter reminder of his own guilt and failure. Only Bella, the unmarried sister, still in her childhood white ankle socks, can reach across the abyss of pain to bring father and son the elusive peace which they both desperately crave.