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A very special book of short, Proustian pieces on childhood and how the places of our childhood are embedded in us. Winner of the 2014 Duff Cooper Prize Winner of the 2015 Welsh Book of the Year Award Shortlisted for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Ackerley prize Longlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize

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Born in Tunisia, Patrick McGuinness is the author of The Last Hundred Days, which was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the 2011 Costa First Novel Award and won the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award and the 2012 Writers' Guild Prize for Fiction. His other books include two collections of poems, The Canals of Mars (2004), and Jilted City (2010), He is a Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he lectures in French.

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McGuinness is a marvellous writer... On every page there are breathtakingly gorgeous images, similes, metaphors. -- John Banville * Observer *
McGuinness has written the great book on Belgium and modern memory, or even Belgium and modern being. He takes his place among those singers and painters of the haunted, the melancholy, the diminished, the caricatural, the humdrum. -- Michael Hofmann * Guardian *
Lyrical and evocative... This is a very Proustian memoir, whose effect will be to drive the reader into contemplation of their own half-forgotten childhood home. -- Josh Glancy * Sunday Times *
A rich analysis of home and homelessness. -- James Wood * London Review of Books *
This book had a powerful effect on me... Sometimes hilarious, sometimes freighted with tragedy. -- Gillian Tindall * Literary Review *

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