Alex Preston's novel In Love and War is on Radio 4 in their Book at Bedtime slot, running for two weeks from 25 November, read by Carl Prekopp.
A tale of love, heroism and resistance set against the stunning backdrop of 1930s Florence, In Love and War weaves fact and fiction to create a thrilling portrait of a man swept up in the chaos of war. The book is currently available in hardback published by Faber.
Praise for In Love and War:
“Rich in period detail and utterly compelling… brilliant.” Kate Saunders, The Times
“Rich and evocative… powerfully affecting, ambitious in its scope, precise in its attention to detail and infused with a love for Florence and its motley eccentrics – their courage and their suffering.” Stephanie Merritt, The Observer
“An evocative portrait of passion and fascism. There is much to admire in Alex Preston’s third book… a living, breathing Forsterian idyll, complete with eccentric and glamorous expats, bohemian writers, and passionate love affairs, all played out against the backdrop of scorching heat and iced Negronis. Taken aback by a stunning view from a window, Esmond is told that Florence is a city of such scorci: ‘A view you glimpse, all of a sudden, that leaps inside you.’ Preston’s narrative offers something comparable.” Lucy Scholes, Independent