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Old griefs resurface in this delicately woven tale of bravery and endurance

A fine double portrait reveals the true achievements of Lord Byron’s wife and daughter

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A famous American artist’s hold over his unsuccessful son is at the heart of this spirited satire

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A novel that draws parallels between urban wildlife and the plight of immigrants

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