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Simon van Booy was born in London and grew up in Wales and Oxford. After playing football in Kentucky, he lived in Paris and Athens. He won the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for Love Begins in Winter. “Save as Many as You Ruin” is taken from his collection The Secret Lives of People in Love, out now from Beautiful Books. “On my way home from work,” he told Prospect, “I passed a café and saw a woman sitting alone who looked like someone from my past. I continued on and when it began to snow, I was…

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