The Fourth Shore (Paperback)
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'Effortlessly enjoyable . . . an emotionally rewarding novel so succulent with detail that you can almost feel the Tripoli sand storms whipping across your face' Daily Mail

The Fourth Shore: the sliver of fertile land along the Tripoli coast, the 'lost' territory Mussolini promised to reclaim for Italy. Which is how, in 1929, seventeen-year-old Liliana Cattaneo arrives there from Rome on a ship filled with eager colonists to join her brother and his new wife.

Liliana is sure she was on the brink of a great adventure, but what awaits her is not the Mediterranean idyll of cocktail parties, smart dances, dashing officers and romantic intrigues she had imagined. Instead she finds a world of persecution, violence, repression, corruption and deceptions both great and small.

A child of fascist Italy, blown about by the winds of fascism and Catholicism, Liliana becomes enmeshed in a dark liaison which has terrible consequences both for her and those she loves most.

The Fourth Shore is the engrossing and intensely poignant story of Liliana's journey from Rome to Tripoli to a north London suburb where, as plain Lily Jones, she begins to uncover a secret she has buried so deeply that even she is far from certain what it is.

Praise for Early One Morning by Virginia Baily:

'As gripping as any thriller...really, really good' Daily Mail

'A big, generous and absorbing piece of storytelling' Samantha Harvey, Guardian

'A real treat' Philip Hensher, Observer

'Wonderful' Tessa Hadley

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780708898529
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 124 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Effortlessly enjoyable . . . an emotionally rewarding novel so succulent with detail that you can almost feel the Tripoli sand storms whipping across your face * Daily Mail *
Fans of Victoria Hislop will love The Fourth Shore * Good Housekeeping *
As gripping as any thriller . . . crammed with the sort of heart-stopping, heart-breaking scenes that brought a lump to the throat of even this jaded reviewer. Really, really good * Daily Mail, praise for Early One Morning *
A moving assertion of the power of maternal love to overcome unimaginable obstacles * Sunday Times, praise for Early One Morning *
Incredibly sure-footed, a big, generous and absorbing piece of storytelling, fearless, witty and full of flair . . .Even as it forces its characters to lose so much, it asserts itself against those losses with vehemence and hope * Samantha Harvey, Guardian, praise for Early One Morning *
A real treat: a beautifully written account of the long consequences of war, set in a richly evoked Roman of the 1970s * Philip Hensher, Observer, praise for Early One Morning *
Baily subtly tugs at your heartstrings and by the end of her novel you're likely to be as desperate as the women in Daniele's life to discover his fate * Daily Express, praise for Early One Morning *
Heartbreaking . . . a powerful story of sacrifice, despair and ultimately redemption * Sunday Express, praise for Early One Morning *
Wonderful . . . I was completely inside it from the first pages, just that delicious (rare) feeling of knowing you're in safe hands, this writer isn't going to make a mess of anything, or forfeit your trust or your belief. It managed to be so witty and dry and true . . . Vividly intelligent, gripping and moving and alive * Tessa Hadley, praise for Early One Morning *
So effortlessly enjoyable she almost slips into the guilty pleasure category, yet she is also so accomplished there's really nothing to feel guilty about . . . Baily sheds light on a neglected area of pre-war history in ways that are both politically astute and deeply satisfying * Daily Mail *
A wholly enjoyable historical novel * Daily Mail *

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