Beyond This Place

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This article is about the 1953 novel. For the film, see Beyond This Place (1959 film). For the television adaptation, see Beyond This Place (1957 TV show). For the 2010 documentary, see Beyond This Place (2010 film).
Beyond This Place
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First US edition
Author A. J. Cronin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Gollancz (UK)
Little, Brown (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 304 pp. (UK hardback edition)
ISBN 0-575-00618-8 (UK hardback edition)

Beyond This Place is a 1953 novel by Scottish author A. J. Cronin. A serial version appeared in Collier's under the title of To Live Again.


It has been adapted for both film and television. The British film version (1959) was directed by Jack Cardiff and featured Van Johnson and Vera Miles. A television adaptation was broadcast on CBS in 1957, and was produced by David Susskind and directed by Sidney Lumet. It starred Farley Granger, Peggy Ann Garner, Torin Thatcher, Brian Donlevy, and Shelley Winters. A Bengali version, Sabar Uparey starring Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Chhabi Biswas was made in 1955. A Bollywood version, Kala Pani (1958), was directed by Raj Khosla and starred Dev Anand and Madhubala. A Telegu version, Poola Rangadu (1967), loosely based on the novel, was directed by Adurthi Subba Rao and starred ANR and Jamuna.

Plot summary[edit]

Paul Mathry, a student about to graduate and embark upon a teaching career, finds out that his father was convicted for murder, a secret that his mother had hidden from him since his childhood.

Driven by an intense desire to see his father, Paul sets out to visit him in prison, only to find out that visitors are never allowed there.

From there, he meets the primary witnesses in the case that convicted his father, not all of whom are supportive to Paul's cause. He encounters several dead ends but he persists, with the help of a store girl named Lena and a news reporter.

His persistent campaign finally bears fruit. Rees Mathry, Paul's father, goes on appeal and is vindicated. The novel ends with Paul's father, a hardened, cynical man, seeing a fleeting hope for self-renewal and a purposeful life.

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