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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding


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A mother's love. A daughter's courage. A secret that will tear them apart. Longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

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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.


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 Mirror *

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