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In Love and War

(2014)
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In Love and War weaves fact and fiction to create a sweeping portrait of a city at war. The novel is told through the eyes, letters and journals of Esmond Lowndes, who comes to Italy a lost and lonely young man in the shadow of his politician father. Through his friendships with a striking cast of contemporary characters, from the poet Ezra Pound to Alice Keppel, a former royal mistress, Esmond begins to leave his early disappointments behind him. On the cobbles of Florence's many-storied streets, he deepens his appreciation of art and literature, and falls in love.

With the coming of war, Esmond finds himself stranded in a city of enemies, hunted by the malevolent Mario Carita, head of the Fascist secret police. He retreats into the hills above Florence, taking with him a painting that has come to assert a profound hold over him. When the Nazis arrive, Esmond is drawn into Giustizia e Liberta, the Resistance movement, and is soon helping to spirit refugees to safety, to hide the city's Jews. With his lover, Ada, at his side, he is at the centre of assassination plots, shoot-outs and car chases, culminating in a final mission of extraordinary daring.

In Love and War is a novel that will take you deep into the secret heart of history, meticulously researched and full of period detail. It is a novel of art and letters, of bawdy raconteurs and dashing spies. With Esmond Lowndes you will see the beauty of Florence as never before, and feel the horror of war as it sweeps over the city's terracotta rooftops. Inspired by a host of real-life stories, In Love and War is both epic and intimate, harrowing and heartwarming.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Gripping, beautiful, tragic and shocking." - James Holland


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Hardback Editions

July 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: In Love and War
Author(s): Alex Preston
ISBN: 0-571-27945-7 / 978-0-571-27945-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: In Love and War
Author(s): Alex Preston
ISBN: 0-571-27946-5 / 978-0-571-27946-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: In Love and War
Author(s): Alex Preston
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU