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  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241343722
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $32.99

Berta Isla




A marriage built on lies, a man with many faces, an unpaid debt to the secret service - rich drama from the author of The Infatuations.

'For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not.'

Berta and Tomás meet in Madrid and, though both young, they decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, Tomás leaves to study at Oxford. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but Tomás resists their offers - until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he won't be able to stay for long . . .

Gripping and intricate, Berta Isla is about a relationship built on secrets and lies - and the equal forces of resentment and loyalty at its core.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241343722
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Javier Marias

Javier Marias was born in 1951. His novels, short stories and essay collections have won a dazzling array of international literary awards. His work has been translated into thirty-four languages and more than five million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. He has held academic posts in Spain, the United States and in Britain, as Lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University and was recently nominated to be a member of the Real Academia de la Lengua Española. He lives in Madrid.

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