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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571234909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571234905
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,405 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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"'[A] refined literary saga... Gripping.' Financial Times"

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Greater Love charts one woman's journey to find love in a heartbreaking novel about longing and faith.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 July 2008
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This is a tale of love, redemption, bereavement and a journey of self-discovery. It covers Muslim and Christian religions and how their differences can affect relationships between Westerners and Muslims. It's a book that has its fill of sorrow but yet retains a strong sense of hope. With this novel Wadham has written a topical tale, but done so in a very sensitive style. Her writing is beautifully descriptive and kept me glued to the pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Baveystock on 2 Oct 2007
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For those readers who find most contemporary literary fiction high on polish but low on passion, this terrific novel will come as a welcome shot in the arm.

Traversing Portugal, Paris and Morocco, it's a brave book from a writer unafraid to take risks. At its heart lies a collision between bourgeois Westerner and devout Muslim, something that all too easily could feel forced or deliberately 'topical'. That isn't the case, however, as Wadham invests each of her characters with real humanity and individuality. They may not always be likeable, but they're always interesting.

Like the reviewer above, I too am mildly puzzled by Wadham's relatively low profile. If 'The Long Tail' is to be believed, I'm sure it won't last forever as she's simply too enjoyable a writer to remain a secret for much longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ian Walthew on 30 July 2007
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I have now read all of Lucy Wadham's books, and I can't quite understand why she isn't getting greater attention from the literay press. I read Greater Love - and fiction isn't really my thing - and I couldn't help but thinking that here is a writer with yet another book of tremendous quality, engaging themes, sensory and sensitive writing. One day Lucy Wadham is going to be very big indeed, and like Andrea Levy with Small Island, people will be rushing not only to read her latest novel, but gobbling up her back list. I'd love her to turn her attention to England in her next novel, although the dark underworlds she is so at home in are what first caught my attention.
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