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Mussolini's Island

(2017)
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Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Book (nominee)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BETTY TRASK AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN
LONGLISTED FOR THE POLARI FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

Sarah Day's MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND is a novel of sexuality and desire, of hidden passions and the secrets we keep locked within us. Based on the true story of the rounding up of a group of Sicilian gay men in 1939, this book is sure to appeal to readers of the Elena Ferrante novels, Anthony Doerr's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE or Virginia Baily's EARLY ONE MORNING.

'A fascinating debut...the setting and characters are strong and the story is written with verve. Day is a talent to watch' - The Times

Francesco has a memory of his father from early childhood, a night when life for his family changed. From that night, he has vowed to protect his mother and to follow the words of his father: Non mollare. Never give up.

As Francesco is herded into a camp on the island of San Domino, he realises that someone must have handed a list of names to the fascist police. Locked in spartan dormitories, resentment and bitterness between the men grows each day.

Elena, an illiterate island girl, is drawn to the handsome Francesco. Sometimes, she is given a message to pass on. She's not sure who they are from; she knows simply that Francesco is hiding something. When Elena discovers the truth about the group of prisoners, the fine line between love and hate pulls her towards an act that can only have terrible consequences for all.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Stunning... a wonderful haunting evocation of this forgotten and neglected story of war." - Mary Chamberlain

"Sarah Day's debut novel is striking: a fascinating evocation of a cruel time in Italian history." - Amanda Craig

"Startling. A compassionate and clear-eyed debut which illuminates a grim chamber of 20th century history." - Patrick Gale

"A thoroughly absorbing and moving novel, one that convincingly illuminates a strange and largely forgotten aspect of life in Fascist Italy." - Andrew Greig

"A beautiful and sadly relevant story of desire, oppression and defiance. I loved this book." - Anna Mazzola


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Hardback Editions

February 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Mussolini's Island
Author(s): Sarah Day
ISBN: 1-4722-3819-2 / 978-1-4722-3819-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mussolini's Island
Author(s): Sarah Day
ISBN: 1-4722-3820-6 / 978-1-4722-3820-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mussolini's Island
Author(s): Sarah Day
ISBN: 1-4722-4696-9 / 978-1-4722-4696-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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Kindle Editions

February 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mussolini's Island
Author(s): Sarah Day
Publisher: Tinder Press
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February 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mussolini's Island
Author(s): Sarah Day
Publisher: Tinder Press
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