Ángeles González-Sinde

Ángeles González-Sinde

Madrid, 1965

Born into a family of filmmakers, Ángeles González-Sinde studied Classical Philology at Madrid's Complutense University, and Cinema at several universities, both in Spain and abroad. She has worked as a translator, concert promoter and editor. She has written the scripts for many TV series and a dozen films, winning two Goya awards: one in 1997 for the script of La buena estrella, which was directed by Ricardo Franco, and another in 2003 for La suerte dormida, which was her first experience as a director, and one of the works that has won most prizes. She was Spain's Minister of Culture from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, her first novel, El primer hijo, was short-listed for the Planeta Prize.

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John and Geraldine are divorced and have been ignoring each other for years, even though they both live in London and have a daughter together. Their quiet lives are shattered when they get the news that their daughter, who’s been living in Spain for years, has been murdered.

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John and Geraldine are divorced and have been ignoring each other for years, even though they both live in London and have a daughter together. Their quiet lives are shattered when they get the news that their daughter, who’s been living in Spain for years, has been murdered.

Not knowing a word of Spanish, John and Geraldine fly to a village on the Mediterranean Costa del Sol. While enduring days of painful formalities and uncertainties in the police investigation of the crime, they’re forced to live together and understand each other again, as they each reconstruct a past full of emptiness and repressed emotion: a dizzying infatuation and a marriage mired in routine, infidelity and discord, while they ignored a daughter who needed their full attention.

In their attempt to investigate everything they didn’t know about their daughter’s life and the murky circumstances of her murder, John and Geraldine are presented with a wonderful and unexpected chance to atone for some of their past mistakes.

"An impeccably crafted novel that provides a lucid, honest account of the experience of losing a loved one, as well as an edifying lesson of reconciliation with oneself and with life." Ignacio Echevarría, El Cultural 

«Faced with such a story, so true and accurate in its tone, in its narrative voice and in its authenticity of the situations that displays, one must surrender.» Pilar Castro, El Cultural

"A novel with a murder where finding the killer is not the most important thing. Very original." Alicia Giménez Bartlett

"An emotional story about bad decisions, heartbreak, redemption, and second chances. An intimist novel that starts with the pain of loss and delves into the complexity of feelings, and how far we’re capable of going to save our loved ones and recover the past." Quelibroleo.com

"This new novel by Ángeles González-Sinde, the former Minister of Culture, stands out for the simplicity, the transparency and the understanding with inner dialogue the story of the characters is chiselled. The story unfolds in two different perspectives: the past, with the memories of the failed marriage; and the present, the most successful and interesting part for those who love a crime story, with the description of the strange absence that death leaves in its wake, turning the places where a loved one once lived into an empty and meaningless space." ABC

"A novel with an agile narration that takes us on a journey through the depths of the human being, where we find strength, generosity and an enormous internal struggle. Después de Kim teaches us to differentiate the important from the essentials in life." In Magazine 

"An impeccably crafted novel that provides a lucid, honest account of the experience of losing a loved one, as well as an edifying lesson of reconciliation with oneself and with life." Ignacio Echevarría, El Cultural

Finalist Premio Planeta 2013

What if you realise, just before turning 40, that you don’t hold any of the reins of your life? 

At 37, Vicente realises that he hasn’t gone very far in life: he still lives at home with his mother and works in the family business, a stationery shop he had to take over when his father died. His ex-girlfriend has better things to do than get back together with him, and his best friend seems happily ensconced in a permanent, unbreakable immaturity. 

A domestic accident that leaves his mother convalescing gives Vicente the chance to reconsider his future. At what point did he abandon the dreams he held as a young man? Is it too late to start afresh? Why should each day be the same as the day before? Vicente will decide that he’s had enough, and is therefore willing to make the most foolish decisions possible in the areas that worry him the most: love, family and work. 

Books for children and young readers

Con ilustraciones de Laura Kramburg.

A Maya Papaya le parece bien cambiarse de casa. Lo que no le gusta es despedirse de las cosas. Su casa está patas arriba y sus padres trasladan cajas al pasillo. Pero Maya no sabe cómo decirles que no quiere desprenderse de su bruja de pelo enredado, ni del robot sin un brazo, ni de los lápices sin punta…

Con ilustraciones de Laura Kramburg.

El padre de Maya Papaya siempre le lee cuentos a la hora de acostarse. Pero cuando termina, apaga la luz y entonces… Maya no se queda tranquila. Una no sabe lo que puede encontrarse debajo de la cama por la noche. 

Con ilustraciones de Laura Kramburg. 

Cuando a Maya Papaya no le dejan hacer lo que quiere, a veces se enfada mucho. Y le grita a su madre cosas feas, tan feas que un día su madre le dice: «Visto que tu mamá no es como a ti te gustaría, ¿quieres cambiar de madre, Maya?». ¿Qué contestará Maya?

Con ilustraciones de Laura Kramburg.

A Maya Papaya le encanta disfrazarse… Y ha descubierto que las palabras, como los niños, también se disfrazan. Y cuando se disfrazan, cambian las letras…

Con ilustraciones de Laura Kramburg.

Todos los niños desean que sus padres no se enfaden ni manden. Pero solo Maya Papaya ha conseguido que su deseo se cumpla. Su madre ya no la riñe, ni la manda y, sobre todo, no se enfanda. Sin embargo, algo falla…

Con ilustraciones de Laura Kramburg.

A veces, en la vida de Maya ocurren cosas inesperadas. Hoy, en el jardín, ha aparecido un pequeño pajarito que no se mueve. ¿Qué ha pasado? Maya quiere entenderlo, pero necesita que alguien la lleve hasta las respuestas…

La tarde en que a la madre de Rosanda la echaron del trabajo porque su empresa cerraba por culpa de la crisis, ella encontró algo extraño, olvidado en un viejo cactus. Se trataba de un pequeño hombrecito de nieve, un adorno del árbol de Navidad que se había quedado extraviado. ¿O no había sido una casualidad?

Al cerrar el supermercado, Rosanda se ha quedado dentro. Su padre se había olvidado de ella. Así, como se olvida uno un paraguas en un bar, su padre había olvidado una niña en un supermercado. Y por increíble que parezca, allí se había escondido también un ángel llamado Albricias. Tenía un ala herida y no podía regresar al cielo…

El padre de Rosanda, en una de sus misiones como médico, desapareció hace ya mucho tiempo en un accidente de coche en Bolivia. Muchos piensan que murió, incluso la mamá de Rosanda, pero ella no. Así que madre e hija comienzan una gran aventura, con muchos sustos a veces, como cuando casi se las merienda un cocodrilo, y muchas risas y alegrías también. 

Premio Edebé de Literatura Infantil 2006 

Rosanda se había fijado muy bien en el calendario que mamá tenía colgado con imanes en la nevera. Quedaban pocos cuadraditos para que llegaran los Reyes, o sea, que no había tiempo que perder. Los Reyes vivían muy muy lejos; recibían cartas de cientos, miles; millones de niños, pero su carta era requetenecesaria y tenían que leerla cuanto antes. 

Prizes

2006 - Edebé Prize for Children's Literature de Literatura Infantil for Rosanda y el arte de birli birloque.

2013 - Planeta Prize Finalist for El buen hijo.