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The Listeners (1970)

by Monica Dickens

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'Homo sum: humani nil a alienum puto.'

'I am a man: I count nothing human alien
to me.'

Terence, c. 190-159 B. C.
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To Chad Varah,
Samaritan Number 1
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On the sunless side of the hills, where the overgrown town petered out at last in dead grey blocks of flats chucked down on the waste land for people who were supposed to be glad of them, a woman was lying on a bed.
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The engrossing, heart-warming story of what happens when people at the end of their tether contact the Samaritans...In this deeply felt, absorbingly told novel, Monica Dickens vividly portrays the Samaritans themselves as well as three would-be suicides - Paul the ex-schoolmaster whose career has been ruined by an alcoholic wife; Victoria, half-engaged to a peer's conventional son; and young Sarah who shimmers with apparent youth and human compassion. This is a story in Monica Dickens' inimitable style- salted with humour, and inspired with love.… (more)

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