The Art of Falling, Paperback
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In 1944 Tom Wainwright, a British soldier, arrives in the small Italian town of Petriano.

The war is nearly over, and in the lull before the Allied troops move further north to capture Florence Tom forges a friendship with the Parini family - and in particular with the eldest daughter, Giuliana.

When the war ends he chooses to stay in Italy, planning to build a life with the woman with whom he has fallen deeply in love, but in the chaotic, tragic fallout of the end of the Second World War his hopes are dashed.

Fifty years later Isabel Wainwright, Tom's daughter, sets off for Petriano herself, to attend a ceremony naming a piazza in her father's honour.

But Isabel isn't so much going to represent her father as to try and find him - for she and her mother have heard nothing of him since, nearly twenty years earlier, he went out one day and never returned.

She doesn't even know whether her father is dead or alive, but hopes that by discovering something of his past, she can build a picture of the man she hardly knew.




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This is the story of Isabel Wainwright, searching for her father who has been missing for 20 years. He, Tom Wainwright, served in Italy during the war, and Isabel is invited there to a renaming of a piazza after her father, who saved a mother and her child from a bomb. Isabel finds herself being drawn to Italy and to finding out, at long last, what happened to her father.This got off to a very slow start, and I very nearly abandoned the book. But something kept me reading, maybe the Italian connection (I love Italy) or the slow unfurling of the intricacies of the story, and I'm so glad I did carry on as it totally beguiled me by the end. A slow-burner definitely, but a lovely story and I definitely want to read another book by this author.

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