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Shortlisted for the Whitbread Award, "August" is the life of a family through 15 summer trips to Wales. This unforgettable first novel revels in ...Show synopsisShortlisted for the Whitbread Award, "August" is the life of a family through 15 summer trips to Wales. This unforgettable first novel revels in nostalgia for post-war England.Hide synopsis
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