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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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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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Engaging and thought provoking

I loved this story and the wonderful narration was the icing on the cake. The main characters are beautifully drawn and the setting is all too plausible. It is a timely reminder of the perils of intolerance and the insidious consequences of popularism. But, it is also a very good story/listen.

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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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Awesome!

I loved it! What a plausible dystopian near future! Ever so slightly worrying in its plausibility, which means it's very well done and very relevant. It makes me want to write my own journal, just like Lena's mother!

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A must read!!!

I don’t usually leave reviews but this was simply marvellous. I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels, but often find them somewhat far fetched. Dear Lina is current, believable and a warning of what may come should society lean too far in the wrong direction. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to more from Jess Glaisher.

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Fabulous

Loved the dual dialogue. So many, fearful, connections to living now.
Beautifully and sensitively written

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very plausible dystopian future

I thought the dystopian future described in the book was very plausible and realistic. It didnt seem too far removed from what has been experienced in the UK with Brexit and the pandemic. Some of the story like Linas escape I felt were a little bit unrealistic and how she didnt realise she would be followed through her device was not very plausible. But in general I enjoyed the story it was more realistic when she got to the refugee camp. The narrator was really good she did the accents well.

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Very Good.

I enjoyed this book a lot. But I've read so many since, I have forgotten it. I must write reviews immediately, or not bother!

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Interesting concept but so depressing!

I liked the dystopian concept, thought it was believable in a sci-fi kind of way. Made me appreciate the freedoms we do have and wonder if this could actually happen, one day...
Shame the narration was so depressing and monotonous, made it hard to get to the end.

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hugely disappointed

such a shame. it started with a good premise but failed to develop.
derivative and lacking any subtlety, it becomes a thinly disguised platform for an angry political statement.

it wants to be a cross between "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale" (which is not a bad thing as these are 2 of the greatest novels ever writen) but it completely fails to provide anything original.

I would love to see this rewritten with nuance and style so that the characters are not just virtue signalling caricatures but had depth and conflict.