Welcome

Thank you for visiting my website. I'm a first-time novelist and would like to introduce you to my novel. 

Theatres of War is the winner of The People's Book Prize (Fiction) for 2013/14. 

September 1943. The Allies have landed in 'sunny Italy'. Theatres of War tells the stories of two soldiers, a young woman and an abandoned theatre in war-torn Naples.

Readers have said:

'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.'

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

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

This is a love story about sacrifice and duty and a war story about self-discovery and love. Seen through the eyes of combatants and civilians, it evokes the convulsions of the 'forgotten' Italian campaign.

It makes an absorbing read for anyone with an interest in historical wartime novels, Italy, opera and love stories. 

Theatres of War was published in September 2013 - the 70th anniversary of the start of the Italian campaign. In the following pages you'll find more about the book and what led me to write it. 

If you go to the third page of the site "Theatres of War - Outline", you'll find a link to the publisher's website where you will be able to 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.

 © rjjhall 2014