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Rowan Somerville was born in London in 1966. He has worked in television, film and radio, including making the odd documentary and some unmentionable television programmes. He has spent a lot of time in different countries around the world but now lives in Ireland.
A darkly erotic story. Two young lovers fly off to a Greek idyll for a seemingly perfect holiday but unresolved traumas from their childhoods surface to turn paradise into more of a nightmare. With rich language and vivid local colour Rowan Somerville’s second novel is a real, if a little illicit, treat.
On June 1st 2001, a suicide bomb killed twenty-one young Israelis outside a nightclub in Tel Aviv. The next day, in an apparently retributive act of violence, an Israeli settler shot a Palestinian pharmacist, Mazan Al-Joulani, in the neck, rendering him brain dead. Out of this violence came an extraordinary act of humanity, when the family of Al-Joulani agreed to donate his heart to Yigal Cohen, a dying Israeli. Rowan Somerville, the son of two cardiologists, travelled to the Levant to talk to survivors, families, the surgeon who performed the transplant and the family of the suicide bomber. In this powerful story, Somerville untangles the roots of violence, faith and tribal conflict, and the possibility of redemption.
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