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The secret

Eva Hoffman (Secker & Warburg, ?15.99) 

Eva Hoffman’s novel is an ambitious attempt to sketch out the difficult choices that cloning may pose. It makes the subject urgent by taking recognisable situations and pushing them to their limits. And it gives priority to the feelings and dilemmas of the cloned person herself, something that few people in the novel-and perhaps in real life-do.

In The Secret, a talented but self-centred woman ends up without a partner and finds herself to be infertile. When pressured by her mother to produce grandchildren, she can only do this through the…

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