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A very good read,
This review is from: Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love and War (Paperback)
I read this book because it had been chosen by the Budapest culture club; I ordered it and when it arrived in the post I calculated that I needed to read at least 20 pages per day to finish it prior to the culture club event. From the first page I could hardly put it down. It's not an especially long book, but reading it within a week, as I did, was testament to the grip with which the author, Owen Matthews (a friend of a friend) took hold of me. The day before the club event our mutual friend invited me to dinner with the author, who I hadn't known when he lived in Budapest in the mid 1990's, and who I then had the great pleasure to sit next to and quiz about his book. Hearing him describe the process of writing it and having it edited gave me a fascinating insight into how editors contribute to the output of their authors.
It's a wonderful book, tracing the history of the author's family across three generations.
I cannot recommend it more highly.