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Last Train from Liguria

Last Train from Liguria

Author(s): Christine Dwyer Hickey

Location(s): Dublin, Liguria, London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1930s and 1990s

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From the bestselling Irish novelist, here comes a sweeping tale of consequences that spans from the 1930s to the 1990s. “Last Train from Liguria” takes us on a journey from claustrophobic Dublin and the tense formality of London, to the heat and bustle of the pre-war Italian Riviera. This is a must-read for fans of books by Rose Tremain and Helen Dunmore. In 1933, Bella Stuart leaves her quiet London life to move to Italy to tutor the child of a beautiful Jewish heiress and an elderly Italian aristocrat. Living at the family’s summer home, Bella’s reserve softens as she comes to love her young charge, and find friendship with Maestro Edward, his enigmatic music teacher. But as the decade draws to an end and fascism tightens its grip on Europe, the fact that Alec is Jewish places his life in grave danger. Bella and Edward take the boy on a terrifying train journey out of Italy – one they have no reason to believe any of them will survive…

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Particularly evocative of pre-war Italy, I really enjoyed it. – Sheila 300 –

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