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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571216382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571216383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Wadham is a London-born novelist who has lived in France all her adult life and raised four children there. She started writing fiction as a teenager, mostly poems and short stories with a darkish bent. While reading English at Oxford University she, like many aspiring female writers, developed a fixation with Virginia Woolf and begun mooning about in long cardigans and sensible shoes. She had her first child at 21 and was pregnant with her second when she sat her final exams in 1987, after which she moved to France to be with her French husband.

Her first novel, 'Lost', published by Faber and Faber in 2000, was a thriller about a woman whose son is kidnapped while they are on holiday in Corsica. Highly acclaimed for its pace and passion, 'Lost' was nominated for the Golden Dagger crime fiction award and was twice optioned for the screen .

'Castro's Dream', another thriller, was inspired by her work as a freelance journalist investigating the Basque separatist movement, ETA. It tells the story of the love and rivalry between Astrid and Lola, two sisters whose involvement with the terrorist organisation catches up with them after twenty years when their friend and former lover, Mikel, is released from prison.

'Greater Love' "...Twins Aisha and Jose are brought up in Coelhoso, a remote hill-top village only just out of the Middle Ages. The product of a neglected childhood - their mother was raped - Jose never learns to speak, while Aisha, age 20, escapes to Paris. Jose eventually joins his sister, inauspiciously arriving in the city on September 11 2001. The two siblings carve out new lives: Aisha learning about sex and philosophy under the guidance of a Left Bank intellectual; Jose finding his voice with the help of a charismatic Muslim sheikh. At the heart of the ambitious literary saga lies Aisha's quest to understand her brother, and her own part in his final, catastrophic breakdown. Moving from Portugal to Paris, Morocco to California, Wadham manages to endow each chapter of Aisha's life - any section of which might have made a novel in itself - with a stark authenticity." (The Independent).

Her latest book and first work of non-fiction, 'The Secret Life of France', is a memoir of her marriage to a Frenchman and her discovery of a culture that has, over the past 20 years, baffled, appalled, charmed and conquered her.

She is currently working on a novel loosely based on her experience of growing up in a family of five powerful women.

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'This excellent debut novel hints at the skill of past masters of the thriller genre such as Chandler and Leonard,' The Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lucy Wadham was born in London and educated at Oxford. She has lived in France for the past 20 years.Her first novel, Lost, was shortlisted for the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for Fiction. She is also the author of Castro's Dream and Greater Love.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 July 2012
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The Basque liberation movement is not one that features hugely on British news (bar the nastier terrorist attacks); if you are interested in finding out more about it, this novel is a good and clear guide. It also shows very vividly how terrorism can destroy lives.

Astrid and Lola Arnaga are Basques (in fact, they're both half Scots, half Basque) living in exile in Paris. Astrid is a top transplant surgeon, involved in an unhappy affair with a married senior doctor. Lola is a dancer and dance teacher. As the story opens, both sisters are waiting anxiously for the release of Mikel, a Basque terrorist gaoled nearly twenty years previously, and Lola's former boyfriend. Lola is imagining that she and Mikel can begin their lives together afresh, and have another chance. Astrid (who went to prison in Lola's place to save her being gaoled for her association with Mikel) is trying to share Lola's joy but is in fact anxious. Mikel has been writing to her from prison, and she knows that not only has he come to regard his past work as an activist with disgust, but that he has begun to develop a strange passion for her. While Lola heads off to the Basque country to meet Mikel, Astrid stays in Paris. But she soon realizes that Mikel may come to join her there, and decides to hurry to the South to try to head him off. On her way she meets Khader, a teenage French-Arab runaway, with whom she forms a strange and close bond. Meanwhile Mikel, released from prison, is dreaming of a simple life with a cottage and a dog, and of finding Astrid - he has no desire to see Lola again. And Mikel's former associates, particularly the traitor Txema, are hunting for Mikel, terrified that he might let out some of their secrets...
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By Elodie on 4 Mar 2013
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I don't normally read books about terrorism but as Lucy Wadham is a fine writer I thought I'd make an exception and I'm glad I did. Astrid and Lola are sisters living in exile in Paris after their often unwitting previous involvement in Basque terrorism. Astrid, now a transplant surgeon, is the older sister who is always trying to protect Lola and even went to prison in her stead. Lola, a dancer, is in love with Mikel, a Basque terrorist who is due to be released after twenty years inside and just wants to put the past behind him. Although he was Lola's lover, he has decided that he actually prefers Astrid and has been writing to her secretly from prison. When he is finally released, both sisters head south to meet him for entirely different reasons. Castro, incidentally, is the name of the devoted dog that Mikel has recently adopted. En route, Astrid gives a lift to an Algerian youth called Kader who becomes hopelessly besotted with her and follows her all the way to San Sebastian. Although set in France and Spain, this novel is really a Greek tragedy as the girls were not only born in the Basque country, but their father was also an ETA lawyer meaning that their chances of complete escape from the organization were always slim. Although Lucy Wadham paints vivid and sympathetic portraits of the main characters (particularly Astrid, Lola, Mikel and Kader) the message is that terrorism ultimately destroys not only its victims but also its practitioners.
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A Spanish Tragedy 4 Mar 2013
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I don't normally read books about terrorism but as Lucy Wadham is a fine writer I thought I'd make an exception and I'm glad I did. Astrid and Lola are sisters living in exile in Paris after their often unwitting previous involvement in Basque terrorism. Astrid, now a transplant surgeon, is the older sister who is always trying to protect Lola and even went to prison in her stead. Lola, a dancer, is in love with Mikel, a Basque terrorist who is due to be released after twenty years inside and just wants to put the past behind him. Although he was Lola's lover, he has decided that he actually prefers Astrid and has been writing to her secretly from prison. When he is finally released, both sisters head south to meet him for entirely different reasons. Castro, incidentally, is the name of the devoted dog that Mikel has recently adopted. En route, Astrid gives a lift to an Algerian youth called Kader who becomes hopelessly besotted with her and follows her all the way to San Sebastian. Although set in France and Spain, this novel is really a Greek tragedy as the girls were not only born in the Basque country, but their father was also an ETA lawyer meaning that their chances of complete escape from the organization were always slim. Although Lucy Wadham paints vivid and sympathetic portraits of the main characters (particularly Astrid, Lola, Mikel and Kader) the message is that terrorism ultimately destroys not only its victims but also its practitioners.
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