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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.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241343722

    October 15, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    544 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241343715

    October 18, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    544 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Berta Isla
    Javier Marias

    EBook

    9780241983560

    October 4, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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