Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Tears of Monterini, Paperback / softback Book

Tears of Monterini Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


Monterini, Italy. 1921. Yacobo Levi, an intellectual dreamer, works in the family bookshop.

Angelo Ghione, a contadino, makes good wine by singing to the grapes.

Lifetime best friends, their Jewish and Catholic families live side by side amidst a backdrop of village communal life, Etruscan tales and the growth of Benito Mussolini.

Born on the same day, their children grow up and fall in love.

When the 1938 racial laws are passed, the love between Bella and Rico thrives amidst and perhaps because of the fear and uncertainty.

When Angelo discovers their liaison he suggests they marry but life is complicated and tensions simmer beneath the surface of love and friendship.

When war is declared on the day of Bella's wedding to Michele a fellow Jew, the peaceful village they live in is torn apart, and the Levis find themselves displaced and fighting for their lives.

Will life ever be the same again? The Tears of Monterini is a story of love and betrayal, loyalty and friendship.

Inspired by true events in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, this beautifully written debut will appeal to readers interested in history, Italy, romance, family dynamics and conflict. AUTHOR: The Tears of Monterini is Amanda's first novel.

She studied Modern Languages at the University of East Anglia, followed by a PGCE at King's College London.

She ran a company in International Advertising Sales and now teaches French and German.

She lives in London with her family and spends a lot of time in Pitigliano Italy, the setting for the Monterini of the title.

The book is inspired by true events in the Tuscany and Emilia-Romana areas.

She has literary representation by Curtis Brown.




Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops