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In a European city just after World War II, the odd curator of a greenhouse garden welcomes guests to savor his tropical plants, which open only at night. In his care, the exotic species have survived the war, and now he struggles to keep the greenhouse's boilers going in the fuel-starved privation ...more

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James Hamilton-Paterson's work has been translated into many languages. He is a highly acclaimed author of non-fiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Playing with Water, as well as America's Boy, a study of Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines. Gerontius, his first novel, won the Whitbread Award, while his most recent, Loving Monsters (2001), was praised by the Sunday Telegraph as 'tantalising, erudite and ingenious'. He lives in Italy. ...more