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The Other Half of Augusta Hope

Joanna Glen



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17 June 2019
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ---- Augusta knows she belongs to something bigger than her suburban existence, with her parents who are so content with their narrow but comfortable lives, and her beloved twin sister Julia, who is everything Augusta is not - pliable, docile, sweet and good. When a Spanish family moves into their street, the girls are besotted - Julia by Diego, Augusta by the idea of another culture and country. As the girls grow, Julia becomes more and more like her parents, and Augusta less and less. 

Interspersed is the story of Parfait, who was forced to flee from Burundi, and as time progresses his story moves closer to theirs…

A beautifully satisfying novel about a girl who is an outsider finding the place and people she belongs to, of a boy who has to remake his life and refind himself, of what makes family and what in the end is truly important. One of my favourites this year! Lindy Jones


This is a story for anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong.

`I really enjoyed this book ... great observational comic gems within a fast moving story full of the reality of despair and hope in everyone's lives' Miranda Hart `Keep the tissues close' Good Housekeeping `A beautifully written debut novel with unforgettable characters and an irresistible message of redemption and belonging' Red magazine `This gem of a novel entertains and moves in equal measure' Daily Mail `Heartening and hopeful' Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars `Mesmerizingly beautiful' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus `An extraordinary masterpiece' Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton `Gutsy, endearing and entertaining' Deborah Orr `Absolutely brilliant' Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

At six, she's memorising the dictionary. At seven, she's correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.

And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.

When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta's life, she's propelled headfirst into the unknown. She's determined to find where she belongs - but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away? - AUGUSTA MAY NOT FEEL LIKE SHE FITS IN, BUT READERS HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH HER...

`What a brilliant, brave, clever book' Maddy P `A beautiful tale of family, of loss, of the awkward relationships we build with those we love the most...a must read!' Amelia D `A powerful novel about fitting in, loss, & the people you really have connections with' Siobhan D `The story made me laugh & cry in equal measure, and now it's finished I'm at a slight loss as what to read next' Laura W
By:   Joanna Glen
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9780008314163
ISBN 10:   0008314160
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   17 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joanna Glen read Spanish at the University of London, with a stint at the Faculty of Arts at Cordoba University in the south of Spain. She went on to teach Spanish and English to all ages, and, latterly, was a school principal in London. Joanna's short fiction has appeared in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. She lives with her husband and children on the River Thames in Battersea, returning to Andalusia whenever it gets too grey.

Reviews for The Other Half of Augusta Hope

`I found it both a mesmerizingly beautiful portrait of a young woman discovering what home means to her, and a poignant depiction of how our actions can touch other people's lives in ways we could never have anticipated. Augusta and Parfait are wonderful characters; I was willing them on to find the happiness and peace they both deserved' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus `The most gutsy, endearing and entertaining meditation on the meaning of human existence that you're ever likely to read' Deborah Orr

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