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Swimming to Ithaca

Author: Simon Mawer
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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As Dee Denham, once a beautiful and beloved wife, the toast of colonial Cyprus, lies dying, her former life seems unimaginably distant. And then out of the blue Dee speaks to her son Thomas, sitting at her bedside: she tells him that her illness is a punishment. Compelled by a grief he cannot articulate and a confused childhood memory of betrayal, as Thomas begins the process of dismantling his mother's life he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)
Fiction
History
Suspense fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Mawer
ISBN: 9780349119236 0349119236
OCLC Number: 78988979
Notes: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2006.
Description: 343 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Simon Mawer.

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The Cypriot narrative blooms with life, a certain intrigue and some sharply drawn characters INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Conjures up a 1950s world of carob trees, cocktails and rebellion THE TIMES A Read more...

 
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