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Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He then moved to Italy, where he and his family lived for more than thirty years, and taught at the British International School in Rome. He and his wife currently live in Hastings. Simon Mawer is the author of several novels including the Man Booker shortlisted The Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and Tightrope.

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Mawer is a superb chronicler of past events in foreign countries, and Prague Spring is a wonderfully atmospheric portrait of the city as well as a political and historical thriller with dashes of espionage. It is as brilliant as anything he has written, which is saying a lot -- Marcel Berlins * The Times *
Mawer's novels are always rich in intelligence and insight and Prague Spring is no exception -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *
Masterly and chilling . . . it is very good indeed * Scotsman *
A cracking fictional tale set in a beautifully-researched (and very well-chosen) slice of history * Readers Digest *
Playing a neat cat-and-mouse game with the reader, [Mawer] gradually turns up the temperature of the novel, shaking us out of our comfort zones...a strong return to the Eastern European setting of his acclaimed novel The Glass Room...affecting and ultimately chilling * Kirkus Reviews *
Mawer brilliantly captures the differing shades of naivete and world weariness that characterize the Czech response to the possibility of greater freedom...[a] smart and touching look at the folly and sweetness of the young * Booklist *
Prague Spring...plunges into the heady days of 1968: the pleasures of new freedoms, the hopes that were brutally crushed, and the politics, both behind the scenes and in the streets. All that you would want from a novel * Australian Book Review, Best Books of the Year *

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