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A Long Petal of the Sea: 'Allende's finest book yet' – now a Sunday Times bestseller Hardcover – 21 January 2020

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (21 January 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1526615908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1526615909
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3 x 16.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars375 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allende has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity (New York Times)

Isabel Allende is a grand storyteller who writes with surpassing compassion and insight. Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago. She will be celebrated, by readers and writers alike, for generations to come

A historical saga that sweeps from the Spanish Civil War to the rise and fall of General Pinochet (Daily Telegraph)

Although this is fiction, Allende's epic is deeply rooted in fact, and often reads like a biography - of her homeland not least . . . [The characters] are brought alive by Allende's generous imagination and brisk, vivid prose (Daily Mail)

A decades-spanning tale of war, exile and belonging . . . Grounding the novel is the love story between Victor and Roser, all the more touching for being unconventional . . . The book is all-encompassing, both in its sweep through history and the sheer number of lives crammed into it . . . The writing is unadorned but affecting, shot through with sad details (Sunday Telegraph)

Her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, is built on a recurring theme in Allende's work: the displacement of people . . . It is difficult not to see this novel as a reminder of the endless recurrence of history, or half a million Franco refugees fleeing Spain with many interned in harsh camps in France - of people fleeing from countries in which refuge is now sought (Irish Times)

Allende marries the fictional and the historical in lush, sprawling epics. A Long Petal of the Sea takes its place in the unparalleled canon she has created, exploring the sacrifices we make for the sake of those we love, and the love we sacrifice for the sake of our families

Allende's stories are delicate, their images akin to poetry

If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign (Los Angeles Times)

In this stunning historical novel, Allende traces one couple's escape from the Spanish Civil War to Chile . . . A powerful story about love and belonging - and how displacement doesn't have to mean defeat (People)

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A love letter to Chile that soars from the Spanish Civil War to the rise and fall of Pinochet, A Long Petal of the Sea is the new novel from literary legend Isabel Allende, translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Nick Caistor

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