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Summary

England is recognisable on the surface: the buildings are the same, there is still a government, the tube still runs through London. For Lina, however, the England she knew when she was little, when her mum was still around, has disappeared completely. 

Arriving home one day to find her mum gone, Lina finds in her place a leather-bound notebook containing hundreds of pages of her mum’s handwriting: letters of advice and memories, all the things her mother would no longer have the chance to teach her. Through these pages, Lina learns that her mother, Eve, left in the middle of the night to avoid being arrested. The government crackdown on immigrants meant that Eve either had to flee or risk the same fate as her friends, friends who were taken away from their homes and families and never made it back to their country of birth. 

Taking Eve’s advice, Lina leaves her life behind and sets off on a journey north to Scotland to find freedom and, she hopes, her mother.

©2020 Jess Glaisher (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • 08-12-20

Beautiful, timely, not suitable for Tories.

What a beautiful book. Essentially this is a dystopian novel set in the not too distant future. This vision of the future, rampant with racism and homophobia is terrifyingly possible. So many things that are described as the aftermath of Covid and Brexit are almost too close to the bone in the UK today. The heart of the book is this beautiful mother/daughter relationship. The love within this relationship was so perfectly described it made me cry several times. It's the sort of book that long before I got to the end I started thinking of friends who would also love it who I must share this with. I'm only sad that hard copies of it don't seem to exist for me to buy for people. I was also pleased to see a nonbinary character and other mentions of gender identity issues. I expect most Tories would hate this book for the very reasons I loved it. I will be keeping an eye out for more from this author. The narration was also faultless. 10/10

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Meh

Laudable principles but low energy storytelling. Still, it's always good to hear someone sticking it to the Tories

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Simply lovely

I loved it! Looking forward to Jess Glaisher's next book, whether it's a sequel or something completely different. The performances were lovely as well. Very enjoyable all around!

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A moving story for our unsettled times

I loved this story of a young woman’s journey to safety and freedom against the odds. The version of England depicted was strikingly and uncomfortably close to reality, imagining a terrifyingly believable near-future. Eve and Lina’s relationship was portrayed with such tenderness and heartache, and despite the dark subject matter there were joyful glimpses of queer family life, and the sweet experience of first love. An essential read for our times.

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Speculative, scaremongering nonsense

I thought this story was plain ridiculous. Tried to be dystopian but frankly made a very poor attempt at it. We’re supposed to believe that Britain leaving the EU could result in English nationalism and forced deportation of anyone from elsewhere, the criminalisation of homosexual activity, and a police state. As a piece of social commentary, Dear Lina really is just scaremongering, woke nonsense.

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A Warning from the Future

An all too believable look back at the next few years from the vantage of 2030: "Dear Lina" is a gripping tale of individuals struggling against the State and those who choose conformity over freedom. What would you do if the place you called "home" overnight classed you as "other"? Even if you were safe, for now, would you go along with the persecution or help to hinder it? This story is as thought provoking as it is entertaining.

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  • 14-12-20

Could not stop listening to it

A gripping story in a dystopian future, great performance and a perfect binge listen material

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One good thing to come from 2020!

A queer dystopian adventure - what's not to love? A gripping story, wonderfully written and engaging from start to finish. The powerful and beautiful memories make you feel as if they are your own. Brilliant choice of voice actors too!