A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016. A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK. "Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way." (InStyle). Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss; a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter. When a man claiming to be Hideo arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to revisit the past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance and the realisation that if she had loved her daughter in a different way, she might still be alive today.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 145 x 223 x 28mm | 448g
  • Cornerstone
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0091959063
  • 9780091959067
  • 523,383

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"Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way." InStyle "An absolute must. Gripping from the first page, you'll not want to put it down." Marie Claire "A masterfully written story of loss, hope and forgiveness." BBC Radio 2 Book Club "Astonishingly accomplished debut ... the graceful style and clarity of her writing make this an addictive read." -- MUST READS Daily Mail "A rich, romantic story, brimming with restrained emotion - with a twist that will take your breath away." Sunday Mirrorshow more

About Jackie Copleton

Jackie Copleton lived in Nagasaki and Sapporo where she taught English before returning to England and becoming a journalist. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is her first novel, and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club.show more

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"Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way."show more

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