Historical novel

Come vento cucito alla terra

(Like Wind Sewn to the Soil)

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., June 2022, pp.384

over 120,000 copies sold


Top Ten Bestseller List

English sample available

Ilaria Tuti – an author whose books have so far sold over 900,000 copies – returns to drawing from history in order to bring to light the experiences of the first British women surgeons during World War I, their fight for equality, as well as their dealings with the soldiers on the Western Front. The soldiers found in these women not only the healing of the body, but also rebirth through embroidery.

This book is about the meeting between the male world of war and the female world of healing.

Come vento cucito alla terra is the story of the first British women surgeons, a handful of pioneers, often militant suffragettes, forced to operate only in the London slums, in charitable establishments for women and children because they were not allowed to practise on men or to pursue a career. At the start of the First World War, in order to create a space for themselves in the male world and build up medical experience, they decided to leave for the battle fields of the Western Front and set up a hospital managed entirely by them in France. But this is also the story of the soldiers who were wounded and left invalids, who entered that female world thinking they were being sent there because there was no more hope for them, but who found there an opportunity for healing and redemption – partly through embroidery.

Come vento cucito alla terra is the story of the meeting between this apparently opposite worlds through two different points of view: that of Caterina – a surgeon, single mother of Italian origin – and that of Alexander, a British soldier – first a brave captain, then a patient made prisoner of his own body, but still a leader of men he must guide through a process of rebirth. And so he does, partly by picking up a sewing needle.

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., June 2022, pp.384

  • “A storyteller who creates sculptures and paintings out of the deep veins of the human soul.”

    Corriere della Sera

  • “Ilaria Tuti is very good at not sliding down the slope of sentimentality. Her meticulousness with language, the structure of her prose and its musicality are very interesting.”

    Dacia Maraini

  • “Ilaria Tuti skilfully conquers and keeps the attention of the readers.”

    Claudia Morgoglione, Robinson - La Repubblica

  • “Avoiding rhetoric, stripping everything to the bare bone, Ilaria Tuti gives us an extraordinary story.”  

    Giovanna Pastega, Il Piccolo

  • “A new point of view for rethinking the war and our place in world, undermining gender prejudices.”

    Francesco Musolino, L'Unione Sarda

  • “(…) Tuti’s visually magnificent prose, (…) emotionally sound thanks to the empathy that allows her to describe humanity with lucidity but without detachment.”

    Raffaella Silipo, TuttoLibri

Rights Sold

World Arabic Rights: Takween; Bulgaria: Lemur Books; France: Stock; The Netherlands: De Bezige Bij.

Option Publishers: Brazil: Rua do Sabão; Croatia: Znanje d.o.o.; Lithuania: Baltos lankos; Poland: Sonia Draga; World Spanish Rights: Alfaguara (Castilian).



Ilaria Tuti

Ilaria Tuti lives in Friuli, in far north-eastern Italy. Her novels, featuring Chief Inspector Teresa Battaglia, Fiori sopra l’inferno (Flowers Over the Inferno, 2018), Ninfa dormiente (Painted in Blood (UK), The Sleeping Nymph (USA), 2019), Luce della notte (Night Glow, 2020), Figlia della cenere (The Daughter of the Ashes, 2021) and Madre d’ossa (Bone Mother, 2023) have enjoyed great success in Italy – selling over 900,000 copies to date – and been published in translation in 41 countries. Flowers Over the Inferno has inspired the series of the same title, currently being broadcast on the Italian TV channel RAI 1. In 2021, she was the first ever writer to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award, with Painted in Blood/The Sleeping Nymph. llaria Tuti is also the author of the bestselling historical novels, Fiore di roccia (Flower of the Rocks, 2020) and Come vento cucito alla terra (Like Wind Sewn to the Soil, 2022).

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