Author(s): Miriam Frank
Born into a bohemian household in Barcelona, Miriam Frank's life started in a radiant, sun-filled place. Her mother was a Jewish communist and her estranged father an anarchist filmmaker, as well as an American double agent. When the uproar of the Spanish Civil War suddenly swept her to the South of France, Miriam and her mother had to hide from village to village as Vichy France intensified its deportation policies. Escaping via Casablanca to Mexico, New Zealand, Israel and ultimately London, Frank's beautifully written story of constant turbulence and a troubled family life moves like the eye of a storm across many continents and imparts a vivid sense of place through evocative descriptions of her life in extravagently different places.
'Elegantly written.' Fay Weldon
Miriam Frank is a writer and literary translator, and lives in South-West London. She was born in Barcelona at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. As a student she trained as a doctor and became a consultant an senior lecturer at the Royal London Hospital.