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MATCH two di­vor­cées with grown-up chil­dren fall in love and want to marry. It sounds straight­for­ward enough but as the two fam­i­lies try to com­bine, cracks are ex­posed. JOANNA TROL­LOPE

at her finest, writ­ing about the com­plex­ity of sim­ple things.

◆ In con­trast, THE ONLY STORY by Man Booker win­ner JULIAN BARNES ex­am­ines younger love – and how

it can shape a life­time. We loved the sub­ur­ban 1970s nos­tal­gia in the first part of the book, which was a joy to read. Would you rather love the more, and suf­fer the more;

◆ or love Broad­caster the less, and suf­fer the less? That is, I think, fi­nally, the only real ques­tion.

SALLY MAGNUSSON First love has life­long con­se­quences, but Paul

has doesn’t delved know any­thing about into that at nine­teen. At nine­teen, he’s proud of the fact his re­la­tion­ship Ice­landic flies in the face of so­cial his­tory con­ven­tion. for her As he grows de­but older, the de­mands novel placed THE on Paul by love be­come far greater than he could pos­si­bly SEALWOMAN’S have fore­seen. GIFT,

telling Ten­der and pro­found, the The story Only Story is an of achingly beau­ti­ful novel by one of fic­tion’s great­est map­pers a of woman the hu­man heart. kid­napped by slavers in 1627. Trapped in a strange land, she takes refuge in the folk­tales of her home. Com­pelling stuff. £?.99

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