Paperback: When We Were Romans, by Matthew Kneale

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The latest quirky hit from the polyphonic author of English Passengers, this pulls off the difficult trick of writing in the voice of a nine-year old child. Young Lawrence responds with a poignant mix of insight and confusion as his family ricochets around Europe. A heartfelt story of mental illness and tales from space, When We Were Romans wears its research lightly but punches well above its weight.

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