In Love And War

Great review of Alex Preston’s In Love and War with a link to Liliana Cavani’s fascinating documentary about the Italian women who took part in the resistance movement during WW2

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In my view, any novel which opens at Croydon Aerodrome is off to a good start. In April 1937, Esmond Lowndes – looking out of a Dragon Rapide, with only the pilot for company – is waved or, rather, saluted off by his ferociously Mosleyite parents. Sent down in disgrace from Cambridge after an affair with a male student, he must redeem himself on a mission for the British Union of Fascists. His destination: Florence.

But this isn’t the beginning of just any novel – this is the beginning of Alex Preston‘s In Love And War.

Alex Preston [photo © Katie Hall] Alex Preston [photo © Katie Hall] Esmond steps into the rarefied atmosphere of the British Institute and is soon embraced by the expat community: a curious mix of aesthetes, retired colonels, the former mistress of a king and a priest who is rumoured to be not as he seems. But their version of Florence – in which there will always be a villa or a corner of an olive…

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