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The Illusion of Separateness


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A harrowing story of how one man's act of mercy during WW2 changes the lives of a group of strangers, and how they each eventually discover the astonishing truth of their connection

About the Author

Simon Van Booy was born in London and grew up in rural Wales and the suburbs of London. He is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in 2009. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.


'A delicate, complex, moving novel, one to withstand - demand even - an instant second reading.'

* Daily Telegraph *

'The elegance of Van Booy's evocative prose has led to comparisons with F. Scott Fitzgerald; it's some claim but one this little gem of a book completely justifies.'

* Daily Mail *

'Van Booy writes with muted, unsentimental elegance about the impulses that bind us together.'

* Sunday Times *

'Simon Van Booy's reputation can only grow... There's a crispness to [his] writing... It is the beginnings of poetry...
it carries you with it effortlessly.'

* Independent on Sunday *

'There is a sustaining pleasure in wondering how the strands of the story will tie together.'

* Guardian *

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