About this book
One of the most talked about and critically acclaimed literary debuts of recent years, which went straight into the "Sunday Times" top ten, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Over 20,000 copies sold in Hamish Hamilton hardcover, and many more to come in this format, helped by a national press advertising campaign.
Deals with - among many other things - friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle. This book won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.