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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Allison Pearson

I Think I Love You
by Allison Pearson

The Author

Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. An award-winning journalist, she was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards for her first novel, I Don't Know How She Does It. Allison has written for many magazines and newspapers including the Independent on Sunday, Observer and the London Evening Standard. For four years, she was the popular Wednesday columnist of the Daily Mail. Allison is now a staff writer at the Daily Telegraph. She lives in Cambridge with her family.

Praise for Allison Pearson

'Her social observation is unerringly accurate…Pearson is unafraid of dealing with the big stuff…so beautifully written that it brought tears to my eyes, as well as a wry smile.'
Daily Telegraph

The Plot

A hilarious and moving story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage idol and, almost a quarter of a century later, with her life in pieces, finally gets to meet him. Deliciously witty and piercingly melancholy, I THINK I LOVE YOU asks what happens when the man you thought you loved turns out to be someone else entirely.

Following the global success that was I don't Know How She Does It, this darker, brilliantly structured book explores female friendship - from the brutal hierarchy of the teen years to the comfort and support provided by other women in later life. Pearson examines the fierce, often conflicted bond between mothers and daughters.

Portrait photograph of author Roma Tearne

The Swimmer
by Roma Tearne

The Author

Roma Tearne was born in Sri Lanka, and arrived in Britain aged 10 in 1964 following a 21 day boat journey over rough seas. Roma was first established as an artist, completing her MA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and becoming artist in residence at the Modern Art and Ashmolean Museums in Oxford. She is currently embarking on a 3-year research fellowship from Oxford Brookes University. Roma's first novel, Mosquito, was shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award. She is married with three children and lives in Oxford.

Praise for Roma Tearne

'Tearne is a vividly sensitive writer who spares her readers unnecessary sentiment and hones in on raw emotions just below the surface. The refugee in all of us can recognise the desperate desire to belong and the sometimes terrible price we pay for it.'
The Independent

The Plot

A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Forty-three year old Ria is used to being alone. As a child, her life changed forever with the death of her beloved father and since then, she has struggled to find love.That is, until she discovers the swimmer. Ben is a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who has arrived in Norfolk via Moscow. Awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application, he is discovered by Ria as he takes a daily swim in the river close to her house. He is twenty years her junior and theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying both boundaries and cultures -- and the xenophobic residents of Orford. That is, until tragedy occurs.

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