Art of love and war book
Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story Book ReviewPreview Book. Review this Book. Author Website. The range of the book: from wartime England to colonial Assam; from sapper training in India to jungle warfare in Malaya — Tea, Love and War tells the unique true story of the child of an exploited village woman gaining recognition and acceptance in suburban England. It is split into three parts:?
In Love and War
Make sense of a disrupted world. Review by Suzi Feay. Report a mispronounced word. Attending on the Tarmac are his mother and father, Sir Lionel and Lady Lowndes, his adored sister Anna and his uninteresting younger brother Rudyard. It is and his parents are proudly sporting their black shirts. Esmond is also wearing the black uniform of the British Union party. He is going to set up a commercial radio station, Radio Firenze, with the backing of Sir Oswald Mosley.
Common Sense says
There is much to admire in Alex Preston's third novel, In Love and War, the Florence-set tale of one young man's journey from lacklustre British Blackshirt to fervent Italian Resistance fighter. Sent down from college having been caught in flagrante delicto with his male lover, Esmond Lowndes, "scion of the second family of the British Union", finds himself tasked with setting up Radio Firenze, a wireless station cementing Anglo-Italian relations between the Party and their continental counterparts. His disgrace hushed up with the same ease with which his mother burns her son's unsuitable reading matter, his Djuna Barnes, Joyce and Forster — "She liked her novels like her evenings — light and mannered and smelling faintly of horses; his were fishy and, like Cambridge, to be struck from the record" — his parents are oblivious to the fact that the Florence that awaits Esmond is 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. Split into four parts, the first is a richly evocative portrait of the dying days of a particular way of life — the final hurrah of the English in Florence, perhaps not quite the last days of Rome, but there's a not dissimilar sense of heady excess in the air — and the last part, an equally powerful study of the dulled and dampened city at war.