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In Love and War (Paperback)
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In Love and War (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 02/07/2015
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Desperate to prove himself to his politician father, Esmond Lowndes is sent to Italy to forge ties between the British Union of Fascists and Mussolini's government. In Florence, he discovers art and passion amongst the eccentric expatriates and glamorous locals. But with the coming of war Esmond chooses to leave his past behind and joins the Florentine resistance. Finding himself closely bound to his comrades and unexpectedly in love, Esmond becomes involved in undercover operations and assassination plots, culminating in a final mission of extraordinary daring.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571279463
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
Edition: Main


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Alex Preston's words flow onto the pages as near to poetry as prose can run....his descriptive mystery of language is stunning. Bookreporter.com

I wholeheartedly recommend the book and I will be looking to read more by this author....It is a compelling read that highlights a different perspective from many other WWII historical fiction novels. The Reader's Room blog

Rich in historical detail and utterly compelling. Kate Saunders Sunday Times

Exhilarating ... Preston's flair for recreating atmosphere and contemporary speech is immaculate. Many layers enrich and deepen the story ... The combination of setting, Renaissance art and two mutually attracted foreigners may remind some of The English Patient. Preston asks the same question as Michael Ondaatje: what is left of civilisation after the inhumanity of war? Today, "David" still stands in Florence, an imperturbable rebuke to an epoch of torture and terror. Financial Times

[R]ich and evocative ... powerfully affecting, ambitious in its scope, precise in its attention to detail and infused with a love for Florence and its motley eccentrics - their courage and their suffering. Stephanie Merritt Observer

It's a title befitting an epic, and Preston emphatically delivers in this, his third novel but his first foray into historical fiction. That he's a natural at it is clear .... Vividly imagined and richly atmospheric, Preston's dramatic tale propels the reader towards a tense and tragic final showdown. Daily Mail

Moving ... Preston writes, in unaffected but affecting prose, of Lowndes' realisation of what the times demand of him. Nick Rennison The Times

Preston's prose is as eloquent, and as atmospheric, as always. The perfect read to pair with that first sundowner. GQ

In Love and War prompts the reflection that evil triumphs because good men have not so much done nothing as done the wrong thing with the best of intentions ... [a] fresh and captivating novel. Literary Review

Richly evocative. Independent

...a moving tour de force that will leave you exhilarated by human courage, yet numb with sadness. Country Life

A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read ... Prepare to sit on the edge of the precipice, prepare for the heartrending plummet of shock and upset, prepare for the impact that a powerful and compelling novel leaves behind. LoveReading

Sensitive, intelligent and thrilling . . . a breathless and beguiling take on the subtleties of war. Monocle

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“In Love and War”

Esmond goes to Florence at the behest of his family, ready to spread the Fascist word and strengthen links between Mussolini's Italy and the Fascist movement in the UK.

But being away from his family and the... More

Hardback edition
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“Florence at war”

This is a book of two tales - most obviousy that of Esmond Lowndes, but also the story of the city of Florence from 1937 to 1944.
Esmond is a fictional character, the son of a keen member of Moseley's British... More

Hardback edition
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“Unputdownable”

Like the first reviewer I was totally entranced with this book. It has everything in it and leaves you with a deeper sense of admiration for the brave men and women of the Resistance during WW2. I too was lucky enough... More

Paperback edition
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