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In 1962, a 16-year-old boy is dropped off by his father at a boarding school on the windswept coast of East Anglia. It is a model of its kind - the rooms are freezing, the food is disgusting, the older boys are sadistic, and the masters are the ineffectual, damaged castoffs of a dying Empire.

But the boy is used to the drill and well practiced at detached dreaming, imagining himself someone else, somewhere else. Until one day, falling behind one of the regular runs along the coast, he meets Finn.
Finn seems like a character from a novel, or a dream. Dressed in clothes that look the way they did a century before, Finn lives alone with his cat in a tiny fisherman's hut. The two become friends, the boy risking scandalous rumour and expulsion from school.

But the idyll cannot last, disaster invades from all sides, and the boy discovers that nothing has been what he believed.

What I Was will cement Meg Rosoff's reputation as a writer of extraordinary skill and sensitivity, who recreates with uncanny exactness the passions of youth.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2008 : Hardback
Title: What I Was (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 141040787X / 9781410407870 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2008 : Hardback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0670018449 / 9780670018444 (USA, AU, or UK edition)
Publisher: Viking Books
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January 2008 : Hardback
Title: What I Was [First American Edition]
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0385663978 / 9780385663977 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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January 2007 : Hardback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0141383437 / 9780141383439 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : Paperback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0141322462 / 9780141322469 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2009 : Paperback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0385663986 / 9780385663984 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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December 2008 : Paperback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0452290236 / 9780452290235 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume Books
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August 2008 : Paperback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0141038314 / 9780141038315 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 2007 : Paperback
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 0141383925 / 9780141383927 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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Audio Editions

February 2008 : Audio Cassette
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 1433208520 / 9781433208522
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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February 2008 : Audio CD
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 1433208539 / 9781433208539
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2008 : Audio Cassette
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 1433208490 / 9781433208492
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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January 2008 : Audio CD
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 1433208504 / 9781433208508
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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2008 : Audio CD
Title: What I Was - on Playaway
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 1606402714 / 9781606402719 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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Kindle Editions

August 2008 : Kindle edition
Title: What I Was
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: B002RI9932
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2008 : Kindle edition
Title: What I Was: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Rosoff
ISBN: B00150K3L0
Publisher: Plume
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