In Love and War by: Alex Preston

bookshelves: autumn-2014, published-2014, radio-4, newtome-author, wwii, politics, historical-fiction, italy, fascism

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 21 to December 08, 2014

Description: Esmond Lowndes’s father is a leading light in the British Union Of Fascists. In 1937, Esmond is sent down from Cambridge in disgrace and dispatched instead to Florence to set up Radio Firenze – an English-language radio station aiming to form closer ties between Fascists in Italy and England.

Esmond finds love and loss, and his journey of self-discovery becomes increasingly and – as Italy moves into war – more tightly intertwined with the fortunes of Florence, the city he has made his home.

And at every turn, he comes up against the local Blackshirt leader, the brutal Mario Carita.

Alex Preston lives with his family in London. His first novel, This Bleeding City, was selected as one of Waterstones New Voices 2010. His second, The Revelations, was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Alex is a journalist and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.
Reader: Carl Prekopp
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Produced by Rosalynd Ward
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio Firenze – Gruppo Radio Firenze grupporadiofirenze.net1847 × 1175
Nel 1931 fu costruita l’antenna, tesa tra due alti piloni che appena completati crollarono appunto nel dicembre appena iniziate le prove di trasmissione.

Episode 1/10 April 1937. At Croydon Aerodrome, Esmond says goodbye to his family and begins his journey to Florence.

Episode 2/10 Esmond meets Fiamma Ricci and some of the British expatriate community in Florence.

Episode 3/10 The party at the British Institute to celebrate the coronation of King George VI doesn’t go according to plan.

Episode 4/10 While Goad recovers in hospital after Carita’s attack, Esmond falls under the spell of Fiamma and Goad’s son, Gerald.

Episode 5/10 Borrowing Father Bailey’s car, Esmond, Gerald and Fiamma help Norman Douglas to flee from Florence.

Episode 6/10 Esmond receives bad news from England and learns more about Father Bailey and Ada.

Episode 7/10 As the world is plunged even deeper into war, Esmond and Ada travel to the coast on a mission for the Resistance.

Mario Carità – La “Banda Carità”. Il Reparto servizi speciali. 1943-1945.

Episode 8/10 With Florence now under occupation by the Germans, the Resistance steps up its operations to get the Jewish population to safety.

Episode 9/10 Esmond and Ada’s work for the Resistance takes a bloodier turn.

Episode 10/10 With the Allies getting ever closer to Florence, Esmond and Bruno attempt a daring rescue mission at Blackshirt headquarters.

Hitler visited Florence in 1938


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