Book giveaway: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

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A mother's love. A daughter's courage. A secret that will tear them apart.

Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss: a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter.

When a man claiming to be Hideo arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to revisit the past - the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance, and the daughter she tried too hard to protect.

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding was longlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. It was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick, and has recently been chosen as one of the Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2016 reads.


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Praise for A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding:

"Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way– InStyle

"An absolute must. Gripping from the first page, you'll not want to put it down– Marie Claire

"A masterfully written story of loss, hope and forgiveness– BBC Radio 2 Book Club

"A rich, romantic story, brimming with restrained emotion – with a twist that will take your breath away" – Sunday Mirror




About the author:

Born in Paisley, Scotland in 1972, Jackie Copleton studied English at Cambridge University before teaching in Japan for three years. She has worked in local, regional and national newspapers in the UK and abroad. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is her first book and is inspired by her time living in Nagasaki. You can find her on Twitter @JackieCopleton. 


Book giveaway & discussion:

This giveaway has now closed. You don't have to win a free copy to take part in the discussion. Anyone who has read A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding can post their feedback on the discussion thread. If you missed out on a free one, you can buy a paperbackAll who post feedback before 2 August will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Love2shop voucher.  


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