The Butterfly Tattoo
The Butterfly Tattoo is a tragedy. I wanted to write a love story in which believable characters in a modern setting could encounter love and death in a realistic way. I also wanted to write about Oxford, the city where I live, and to get away from the sort of heritage-university-beautiful architecture idea and talk about a present-day, messy, difficult world in which unemployment and housing problems are real urgent matters. This book was originally published in 1992 as The White Mercedes.
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