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To Romania With Love

by Tessa Dunlop

To Romania With Love Synopsis

Aged eighteen, Tessa Dunlop went to post-Revolutionary Romania to work in an orphanage - to do something remarkable to help her get into Oxford. Once there she didn't want to leave and ended up staying for nearly a year. She returned the following summer, but this time chose a big industrial city where she taught English and befriended a student and his family. The youngest son, 'Vlad', was only twelve, shy and very intelligent. Once more Tessa was emotionally hooked. Back home in the Scottish Highlands, she organised for Vlad to be sponsored by her old boarding school. He aced his classes, but, conflicted in the wake of his extraordinary experience, turned down a full-time place. They lost touch; however, the pull of Romania eventually proved too much and, five years on, Tessa returned. Life would never be the same again.

To Romania With Love Press Reviews

'To Romania With Love is more than a snapshot of a strange country at a strange time; it is a vivid, impressionistic hymn to exuberance, of risks taken, of impulses acted upon. Humming with energy, it is at once touching and funny; a rare, brave and honest account of finding love and holding on to it' --Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph 'Tessa is a compelling writer and an equally compelling heroine: a young woman torn between her ambition and her love, between her sense of tradition and her extremely unconventional nature. An extraordinary achievement' --Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Oscar-Winning Director of The Lives of Others 'Fiercely honest, this story of love across a continent, from one end of Europe to the other, is all the more compelling because it is true' --Professor Alice Roberts, TV Presenter and Author 'A unique and unusual love story, strikingly told, To Romania With Love is a moving account of an impetuous British girl and her love for a young boy and his beleaguered country' --Hugo Vickers, Biographer and Historian

Book Information

ISBN: 9780704372573
Publication date: 1st May 2012
Author: Tessa Dunlop
Publisher: Quartet Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 312 pages
Categories: Memoirs, Family & relationships,

About Tessa Dunlop

Tessa Dunlop was born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, and studied Modern History at Oxford. She became a broadcaster in the late 90s, and has since fronted history documentaries for Discovery, BBC, and American History Channel. She's currently presenter/historian on BBC2's Coast. She's written for the Times, Guardian, Independent and Mail, and is finishing a Masters at Sheffield Hallam University where her research subject is Queen Marie of Romania. To Romania With Love is her first book. She juggles her time between London, Scotland and Romania.

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