WIN copies of The Songs by bestselling author Charles Elton

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We have 10 reading group sets of heart-breaking and bittersweet novel The Songs by Charles Elton to give away. All we ask in return is for your group to review the book afterwards and share your reviews online.

About the book

Iz Herzl, renowned political activist and protest singer, has always refused to dwell on the past. Now eighty, he sits in his house in Muswell Hill, while his lovers – some past, some present – dance attendance upon him. Downstairs, Iz’s children – teenage maths wunderkind Rose, and her dying brother Huddie – spend their days picking through the myths and secrecy that have always swirled around their unknowable father.

But Iz can’t keep the past at bay forever. Into their lives comes Joseph: his first child, whom Rose and Huddie have never met. And his arrival will change things in ways that Rose and Huddie could never have anticipated…

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