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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141024321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141024325
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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