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2020 Longlist

Prague Spring

ABOUT
THE BOOK

2020 Longlist

It’s the summer of 1968, the year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter. Two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe with no particular aim in mind but a continent, and themselves, to discover. Somewhere in southern Germany they decide, on a whim, to visit Czechoslovakia where Alexander Dubcek’s “socialism with a human face” is smiling on the world.

Meanwhile Sam Wareham, a first secretary at the British embassy in Prague, is observing developments in the country with a mixture of diplomatic cynicism and a young man’s passion. In the company of Czech student Lenka Konecková, he finds a way into the world of Czechoslovak youth, its hopes and its ideas. It seems that for the first time, nothing is off limits behind the Iron Curtain

About the Author

Simon Mawer grew up in England, Cyprus and Malta. He then moved to Italy, where he taught at the British International School in Rome for many years before returning to the UK. He is the author of several novels including the Man Booker shortlisted The Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and Tightrope.

Librarian’s Comments

Published 50 years after the events it depicts, Mawer’s novel is an evocative, compellingly written narrative exploring the nature of freedom, commitment, culture and politics. Redbridge Libraries, England

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