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By: A. L. Walsh

Treasure Trove

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Ana Donnelly has agreed to help her Irish grandfather, Peter, to right a wrong he committed in his youth when fighting with the International Brigades in Spain at the start of the Spanish Civil War. What starts as a simple undertaking becomes complicated when she discovers that others are intent on preventing her from fulfilling her promise. Who should Ana trust? Is Jaime, her newly found cousin, really what he seems to be? Or is his involvement more sinister? As Ana negotiates her way through complicated relationships, she finds comfort in thinking about her grandfather's story. Remembering his voice, as he explained how he met her Spanish grandmother and how their lives were shaped by his one moment of wrongdoing, strengthens Ana’s resolve to carry out her mission to the end, regardless of the dangerous consequences that follow her even when she returns home to Australia.

A. L. Walsh has long had an interest in storytelling, in why stories are essential to humanity and why, or if, stories change depending on their timing and context. She considers the crossover between historical accounts and subjective ones as something that is particularly relevant these days.

In her academic life (previously having worked at University College Cork and at the University of Sydney), she has written three academic monographs and edited two, where she explores ideas of how the past is an essential ingredient in forming identity, whether of an individual or a country, with special reference to Spain since Spain’s contemporary fiction is her area of academic expertise.

Treasure Trove is her first novel and draws on her personal knowledge of Spain, Australia and Ireland, three countries close to her heart.

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