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Inspired by a real house, an amazing modernist symbol, Simon Mawer has written his best novel yet, a story guaranteed to dazzle and intrigue the reader.
Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He now lives with his wife and two children in Italy, and teaches at the English School in Rome.
Commended for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2010 and Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize 2010. Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009. Long-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2011.