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Waking Raphael

(2003)
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A gripping thriller set in Urbino, Raphael's birthplace, Waking Raphael is the story of a restoration of a painting and of a community. An investigation into a nearly forgotten war crime is sparked off when Muta, an enigmatic mute woman, stabs a Count, in the process damaging Raphael's painting 'La Muta' which has just been restored. When rumours begin to circulate about Muta the woman that she lives in the rotting fortress, San Rocco, on the outskirts of town; that she has a secret grudge against the Count; that something terrible happened to her during the war more and more people begin to worry that the truth will come out. There are many other 'mutes' in this small town Francesco, the ice cream maker who knows that to reveal his secret would be to commit suicide, Charlotte, who is incapable of expressing love, Donna, a Canadian TV presenter who 'can't shut up to save her life', but cannot speak Italian. The story is told as a series of miracles, the biggest and last, the truth finally being revealed about what happened at San Rocco during the war. Mirroring the reawakening of a national conscience in Italy in 1993, Leslie Forbes intelligently and passionately evokes the stories of each mute and Urbino's second renaissance is brought about. Beautifully drawn characters, a wonderful sense of time and place and an omniscient narrator bring an incredible warmth to this third novel from the author whose first, Bombay Ice, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 1-4352-9261-8 / 978-1-4352-9261-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-29
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June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 0-553-38281-0 / 978-0-553-38281-5 (USA edition)
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August 2003 : UK Hardback

Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 1-86159-148-9 / 978-1-86159-148-7 (UK edition)
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August 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 0-297-82984-X / 978-0-297-82984-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 0-553-38341-8 / 978-0-553-38341-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 0-7538-1780-2 / 978-0-7538-1780-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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December 2003 : UK Perfect Paperback
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 0-7538-1736-5 / 978-0-7538-1736-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
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2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
ISBN: 0-297-64542-0 / 978-0-297-64542-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
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Kindle Editions

April 2005 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Waking Raphael
Author(s): Leslie Forbes
Publisher: Bantam
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