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Andrew Smith

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Andrew Smith was born in Liverpool, England and now lives in Toronto, Canada. He has taken creative writing courses at the University of Toronto, and has also graduated as a graphic designer. His short fiction has appeared in some of the best literary magazines in North America. He has published two non-fiction books: Strangers in the Garden, an illustrated history of flowers and Highlights, an illustrated history of cannabis. He is also an award-winning travel writer. Edith’s War is his first novel.

'Edith's War' has been recognized by the 19th Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards as an Excellent Entry. The historic novel, set for the most part during World War II in England, was given top marks (5 out of 5) in all categories of judging: Plot; Grammar; Character Development; and Production Quality and Cover Design. Among other positive comments, the judges said, "You have an interest... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.95 · 22 ratings · 12 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Edith's War
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Description: Edith's War is a novel based on historical fact that tells one woman’s heart-wrenching, yet ultimately heart-warming, story of hardship,love, passion, and motherhood during World War II. When Edith Maguire is caught up in the trials and tribulations of her Italian neighbours following Britain’s internment policy of 1940, her life appears to be transformed. Edith’s story is interwoven with observations and recollections by her two adult sons, which slowly but surely release hidden memories and reveal long-held secrets. The intricacies of familial relations and the omnipresence of war are brilliantly illuminated by two generations — mother and sons — in this ground-breaking work of fiction.

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Full Disclosure: I knew the author of ‘Your Quantum Heart, Manifest from the Cosmic Web’ professionally some twenty years ago. She was an editor at a magazine I worked on as a graphic designer. In the course of that acquaintance we occasionally saw e...more
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Friends in High Places by Donna Leon
" Commissario Guido Brunetti is reading in his apartment one lazy Saturday afternoon, when he is interrupted by the doorbell. Franco Rossi, from the housing department, has dropped by to question why plans for Brunetti’s apartment building do not in... " Read more of this review »
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