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I would like to introduce you to my first two novels – Theatres of War and Embers of War – both set in Italy between 1943 and 1945.

Theatres of War – winner of The People's Book Prize (Fiction) 2013/14 – is a love story about sacrifice and duty, and a war story about self-discovery and love. 

Readers said:

‘A wonderful read, full of great characterisation and drama.’

'What an enjoyable, interesting read, packed with feeling.'

'This really doesn't feel like a debut novel. It is written with passion and is assured and sensitive, with memorable descriptions and characters.'

'Extremely vivid and well written.’

Well researched, informative and a fast pace.’

'It was a great story and I grew very fond of the characters.'

'Fascinating, engrossing and informative – a rare combination.'

Embers of War  – my second novel  – will be published in summer 2020, the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Italy. When opera clashes with the Battle for Italy in the dying days of WWII, who can stay alive, sane, and in love?

Seen through the eyes of combatants and civilians, both books evoke the convulsions of the 'forgotten' Italian campaign, making absorbing reading for anyone interested in Italy, opera, historical wartime novels, or love stories. In the following pages you'll find more about the books and what led me to write them. 

If you go to the second page of the site "Theatres of War - Outline", you'll find a link to the publisher's website where you can purchase the paperback or the ebook.

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The cover image of the book is a detail from a painting of Naples and Vesuvius by JMW Turner, courtesy of the Tate.

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