paypal make the most of Lovereading jonathan unleashed i found you lisa jewel when the sky fell apart
Vouchers


Reader Reviewed
In Love and War by Alex Preston
  

In Love and War

Romantic Fiction   Family Drama   Historical Fiction   Literary Fiction   Reading Groups   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Relationship Tales Facebook group Add to wishlist Share this book

Lovereading view...

August 2014 eBook of the Month.

A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The introduction to Fascism in Florence just before World War Two, when we know life is on the brink of upheaval and collapse, is artfully portrayed by the author. Lazy summer days full of vibrant idealists and English eccentricity is peppered by prejudice, corruption and brutality, deliberately keeping you on edge and apprehensive. As war breaks out, we observe as Esmond the title character is influenced by others, we bear witness as he alters, changes, transforms. The author brings this time, this city, these people, their ideals vividly to life. At times this is an extremely uncomfortable read, however every word, every thought, every emotion feels completely essential. 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. ~ Liz Robinson


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In 1937, disgraced by a scandalous love affair and sent down from Cambridge, Esmond Lowndes is despatched to Florence to redeem himself; his father, a senior member of the British Union of Fascists, charges him with establishing a B.U.F. wireless station and forging links with Mussolini’s government. But with the coming of war, Esmond questions his allegiance and joins the Resistance, falling in love with a fellow freedom fighter, and always keeping in his sights the despicable head of the Fascist secret police. A stylish compelling story of passion and conflict.
~

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Jane Brown - 'A fascinating debut book by Alex Preston set in 1930s Florence a  this was a great account of fascism, love and war.' Read full review >
  • Evelyn Love-Gajardo - 'and by the end I wanted to jump on a plane and go back to Florence, so well does the author describe this beautiful city.' Read full review >
  • Michelle Hodson - 'The characters were wonderfully drawn and I was totally immersed in the life of Esmond and Eva.' Read full review >
  • Cathy Petersen - 'The young son of a right wing English politician struggles to find his own path in Florence in the early years of the Second World War.' Read full review >
  • Stephanie Blakey - 'This is an amazing book and unlike anything I've ever read before...I was moved to tears and both the story and characters stayed with me once the book was finished. ' Read full review >
  • Glenda Worth - 'The author puts forward a strong character in Esmond who falls for a fellow antifascist during their fight for justice.' Read full review >
  • Helen Lowry - 'A story of love, passion, and history set in Florence before and during the second world war...A good read that I thoroughly recommend.' Read full review >
  • Neil Williams - 'A strangely unbalanced novel although the concluding chapters were very enjoyable.'  Read full review >

Win tickets to Chiddingstone Castle Lit Fest

We have four pairs of tickets to give away to hear Alison Weir at the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival Sunday 30 April 4 - 5 pm. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. Multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once and the prize cannot be exchanged for cash and does not include transport or accommodation. Draw closes on Friday 17 April. The winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants and will be notified by 20 April 2017.

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 17/04/2017

Synopsis

In Love and War by Alex Preston

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. He is also escaping the disgrace of a scandalous love affair. In Florence, he discovers art and passion amongst eccentric expatriates and glamorous locals. But with the coming of war, he leaves his past behind and joins the Florentine resistance. He falls in love with a fellow freedom fighter and together they take on the malevolent Mario Carita, head of the Fascist secret police. Esmond is at the centre of assassination plots, shoot-outs and car chases, culminating in a final mission of extraordinary daring.

About the Author

Alex Preston

Alex Preston was born in 1979 and lives with his family in London. His first novel, This Bleeding City, was an international bestseller, won the Spear's and Edinburgh first book awards and was selected as one of Waterstones New Voices 2010. His second, The Revelations, was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. In Love and War is his third novel. Preston writes and reviews for GQ, the Observer and the New Statesman and appears regularly on BBC television and radio. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.

Click here to read the 'Ask the Author' feature on Alex Preston.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Alex Preston

More books by Alex Preston
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

alexhmpreston.com/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

Romantic Fiction
Family Drama
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Reading Groups
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571279456

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools