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Jun.25.2010
A rural idyll: that's what Catherine is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains. With her divorce in the past and her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and her dream is to set up in business as a seamstress. But this is a harsh...
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Jul.24.2009
The Time (London) – Review by Sarah Vine   THERE IS HISTORICAL fiction - and there is historical fiction. Anyone can dust down a set of fusty old names, chuck in a few mead-fuelled brawls and the odd syphilitic courtesan and be done with it. It takes real skill - and devotion - to bring...
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Jul.24.2009
From The Washington Post Reviewed by Ron Charles:  The strange allure of Emma Darwin's debut novel, The Mathematics of Love, reflects its enigmatic title. If there's anything numerical about our affections, it's higher math than most of us can compute, like the formulas behind snowflakes or...
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Dec.09.2008
Peter is a Cambridge geography professor who crashes his Land Rover into a tree when serving to avoid a cat; Mina is the girl in the Sheffield call centre who handles his insurance claim. Their lives are a world apart, yet they have a lot in common. Both of them are single - and both of them are...
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Sep.15.2008
St. Radegund’s College, Cambridge, breaks with 160 years of tradition to appoint a man, former BBC executive James Rycarte, to be its principal – to the virulent opposition of some of the feminist dons. Meanwhile, Senior Tutor Martha Pearce has problems of her own: a student rent strike, a marriage...
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Sep.15.2008
Idealistic young primary schoolteacher Margaret Hayton writes letters to her MP (New Labour smoothie Richard Slater) about issues large and small, from asylum seekers to dog waste. They meet, and eventually they fall in love – with more than a little confusion along the way.