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Two Lives : Reading Turgenev & My House in Umbria

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Two Lives: Reading Turgenev & My House in Umbria - two novels by William Trevor

'Evocative and haunting. Trevor writes like an angel, but is determined to wring your heart' Daily Mail

'Marvellous, superb. As rich and moving as anything I have read in years. When I reach the end . . . I wanted to start right again at the beginning' Guardian

In Reading Turgenev an Irish country girl is trapped in a loveless marriage with an older man, but finds release through secret meetings with a man who shares her passion for Russian novels.

My House in Umbria tells of Emily Delahunty, a writer of romantic novels, who helps the survivors of a bomb attack on a train to convalesce, inventing colourful pasts for her patients.

Two novels, two women who retreat further into the realm of the imagination until the boundaries between what is real and what is not become blurred . . .

'One of the most beautiful and memorable things Trevor has written' Independent on Sunday

Reading Turgenev was shortlisted for the Booker Prize
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 222.26g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0141044616
  • 9780141044613
  • 27,417

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As rich and moving as anything I have read in years. When I reached the end of both of these marvellous novels, I wanted to start right again at the beginning * Guardian * These novels will endure. And in every beautiful sentence there is not a word out of place -- Anita Brookner * Spectator * Inquisitive and loving. Trevor's is among the most subtle and sophisticated fiction being written today * New York Review of Books * A writer at the peak of his powers; it reminds you what good reading is all about * Chicago Sun Times * Reading Turgenev is one of the most beautiful and memorable things he has written. It stays in your memory -like Turgenev * Independent on Sunday * He writes like an angel, but is determined to wring your heart. Trevor at his most evocative and haunting * Daily Mail *
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About William Trevor

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written many novels, and has won many prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His most recent novel Love and Summer was longlisted for the Booker Prize. He is also a renowned writer of short stories, and his two-volume Collected Stories was published by Viking Penguin in 2009. In 1999 William Trevor received the prestigious David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement, and in 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature.
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636 ratings
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4 43% (275)
3 17% (109)
2 3% (17)
1 1% (9)
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