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The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell (and some musings on book covers)

Winner of the Costa Novel Award in 2010, ‘The Hand That First Held Mine’ by Maggie O’Farrell features two alternating narratives.  The first one is set in the 1950s and tells the story of Lexie, a young woman who runs away to start a new life in the Soho area of London and falls in love with Innes Kent, a magazine editor.  The second is set in the present day and tells the story of Elina, a young Finnish woman who has just had a baby with her partner, Ted.  The two generations are linked, but how? Continue reading


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