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A captivating family history and a meditation on memory, borders and loss from the prizewinning historian and writer.

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Frances Stonor Saunders is a writer, broadcaster and documentary-maker. She writes for the London Review of Books and Guardian, and is the former Arts Editor of the New Statesman. Her first book, Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War, has been translated into twenty languages, and was awarded the Royal Historical Society's William Gladstone Memorial Prize. She is also the author of Hawkwood and The Woman Who Shot Mussolini. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.


Intimate, affecting, elegiac - a remarkable exploration in the hands of a special writer. -- Philippe Sands
Frances Stonor Saunders is one of those writers you read no matter what she writes. She is that good... this is family history at its best... the words fizz off the page and flutter in the mind... [The Suitcase] will haunt you. -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times *
Stonor Saunders...has a magpie-eye for the telling detail... [and] a vivid turn of phrase. -- Robbie Millen * The Times *
Frances Stonor Saunders vividly captures the horror and absurdity of life in the theatre of conflict, and human versatility... The Suitcase is...a study in the meaningful artifice of human experience. -- Katherine Backler * Tablet *
Frances Stonor Saunders has almost single-handedly started off a branch of sub-history... An extraordinarily good book, and I recommend it to anyone. -- Ian McEwan * BBC Radio 4 (WHO PAID THE PIPER?) *

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