The Italian Girls
The Italian Girls’ is my sixth novel, and like the others that have gone before, is based on the lives of real women of history with inspiring life-stories. In the Second World War, the Italians were faced with an extraordinary set of circumstances. Their Fascist government had sided with Nazi Germany, but many Italians were divided in their support. Millions of them were prepared to stand up against Fascist domination, tearing their country apart in the process. This novel traces the lives of two young women – one the daughter of a liberal lawyer who was fiercely anti-Fascist, and one a famous actress whose very existence depended on the support of the Fascist government. How their stories intertwine is the central theme of this novel.