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Moving between the lives of several generations of women in Spain, Elena Medel’s beautifully observed debut novel, The Wonders, examines class and the impact of poverty on family relationships and aspirations.
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In Louise Mey’s beautifully written psychological thriller, The Second Woman, a grieving ‘crying’ man is not what he seems – and neither is the story of his missing wife.
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Wayétu Moore’s vivid memoir of her family’s escape from civil war is a story of violence, but also one of strength and faith.
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Chantal Thomas’ evocatively layered memoir, Memories of Low Tide, relates the complex, shifting relationship she has with her mother and their mutual love for swimming in the sea.
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As Covid-19 brings Europe into lockdown, Julia Bagguley recommends three books, inspired by Italian history, which reveal the humanity and courage of individuals in a time of crisis.
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