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Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves


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An enthralling, incredibly moving novel with a crime at its heart, based on the extraordinary life of the author's own grandmother

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Rachel Malik was born in London in 1965 of mixed English and Pakistani parentage. She studied English at Cambridge and Linguistics at Strathclyde. For many years, Rachel taught English Literature at Middlesex University. Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves is her first novel.


A surprisingly touching account of hidden lives forced out of the shadows * Sunday Times *
Part period piece, part courtroom drama, this is also a touching love story * Daily Mail *

So lovely, gentle yet enthralling

* Claire Fuller *
Quietly gripping and intriguing * Elizabeth Buchan *
Skilful, persuasive, thoroughly enjoyable, unexpected * Penelope Lively *
A breathtaking debut * Prima *
A vivid exploration of family secrets uncovered and the effects of trauma, as well as a war story about women doing whatever they had to do to survive * Irish Times *
Astonishingly, this is Rachel Malik's debut, and her handling of the richness and simplicity of this story of farming life suggests that she is on the brink of a distinguished literary career * Judges of the Walter Scott Prize 2018 *

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