Titles in our catalogue

    Alessandra Selmi

    Al di qua del fiume

    This Side of the River

    At the dawn of the 1800s, on the banks of the River Adda, the Crespi family achieved an ambitious feat: they founded Italy’s first worker village. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Hopes, drama, mystery, revenge, and love come together to form a grand historical fresco that encompasses fifty years of Italian history.


    River Adda, 1877. Cristoforo Crespi sees a small triangle of land bounded by the river as the future and the chance his family needs to make an indelible mark upon this world. Thus, the son of a simple tengitt, a dyer, builds an avant-garde cotton mill and a village to house its workers. Italy has never seen such a thing: the village has its own church, school, and comfy homes with gardens. Cristoforo bets everything he has on this dream. His money, his reputation, and even his relationship with his brother Benigno, who has succumbed to the temptations of the high life in Milan and by the prestige of owning a newspaper. For Cristoforo, what matters most is to create something concrete and to change the life of his workers for the better.

    Young Emilia’s life changes the day she moves into the new village. The daughter of one of Crespi’s most loyal workers and a woman tormented by dark premonitions, Emilia witnesses, from this side of the river, the creation of a self-sustaining world. She experiences the small and large events of Italian history: the 1989 bread riots, the First World War, the labor insurrections. But as fate would have it, her path soon crosses that of Silvio Crespi, heir to the company and to his father’s vision. Despite the socio-economic chasm that separates them, they develop a special relationship that stands the test of life and time.

    Ilaria Tuti

    Come vento cucito alla terra

    Like Wind Sewn to the Soil

    Ilaria Tuti – an author whose books have so far sold over 750,000 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.

    Stefania Auci

    L'inverno dei Leoni. Edizione speciale illustrata

    The Florios of Sicily. Illustrated Special Edition

    The best-selling book of 2021 returns, enriched with vivid illustrations, for an immersion into the atmosphere and customs of that era.


    The book contains nearly 400 black-and-white pictures of various sizes, from full page to an eighth of a page. Some are authentic images – places, events, historical characters – but most of them are suggestively evocative, like those in 20th-century illustrated novels. This option respects the format of the novel and allows the reader who has already read the book to re-imagine the events.

    Francesca Giannone

    La portalettere

    The Letter Carrier

    Anna Allavena, Letter Carrier: the extraordinary story of an ordinary woman who moves from Northern Italy to the South and becomes the first postwoman in a village in the Salento region.

    A riveting story about female courage and emancipation, as well as about two inseparable brothers destined to love the same woman.


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    Salento, June 1934. A coach stops in the main square of Lizzanello, a village with only a few souls. A couple get off: the man, Carlo, a child of the South, is happy to be back home; the woman, Anna – his wife – is from the North. She is as beautiful as a Greek statue, but sad and worried: what kind of life awaits her in this unfamiliar land?

    In the eyes of the villagers, Anna never ceases to be “the foreigner” who doesn’t attend church, doesn’t wander around the village and doesn’t gossip. Proud and prickly, Anna never yields to the customs of Southern women: not only does she take the postal services public exam, but actually passes it and becomes the first postwoman in the village, or rather the first “letter carrier”, as she wants to be called.

    For over twenty years, Anna is the invisible thread that brings the village residents and their stories together. First on foot, then by bicycle, proud in her navy blue cap and uniform, Anna delivers letters from the young men at the front, postcards from emigrants and missives from secret lovers. Without meaning to – and above all without the villagers wanting it – the letter carrier changes many things in Lizzanello.

    Marco Buticchi

    Il serpente e il faraone

    The Serpent and the Pharaoh

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    A mystery to be solved, connected with the enigmatic, legendary child-Pharaoh Tutankhamun. What would happen if the very basis of the main monotheistic religions were to be rocked?

    What if historical truth were to contradict sacred scriptures?

    What secrets lie hidden behind the most important archeological discovery of all times?


    Ancient Egypt, Dynasty XVII – Akhenaten, the pharaoh considered heretical for introducing the monotheistic cult of god Aten, is forced to flee. His young son Tut is proclaimed king: this unprepared but honest and brave child has no idea that he will become the most famous pharaoh of all times, and that his story will be shrouded in legend and mystery… As a matter of fact, Tutankhamun is no more that a puppet in the hands of Vizier Ay, his tutor, who is too cunning not to realise that sooner or later, the pharaoh will no longer need him. Ay’s ruthless yearning for power leads to a decision: Tutankhamun must be eliminated.

    England, early 1900s – George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvo, is a globetrottong dandy with a passion for the occult, who travels to Egypt where he meets the archeologist Howard Carter, and together they undertake an archeological dig to snatch from the sands of time the mysteries of the pharaohs. When the team makes a sensational discovery, possibly the most important archeological find ever, a casket of papyrus vanishes into thin air before it can be added to the inventory. Carter believes that, besides gold and wealth, the discovered tomb also contained a different truth about the origin of the main religions. A truth so ancient that it could challenge the entire world order…

    Barbara Bellomo

    La casa del carrubo

    The Carob Tree House

    Set in a Sicily devastated by war, this is a polyphonic novel that slowly unfolds and reveals the love, intrigues, courage and hope of a family from whom history has snatched everything.

    English sample available


    Catania, 1943. When war comes knocking at your door, it never seems as bad as you expected. At least that’s what Vittorio Floridia thinks the day after a bombing destroys his house and any hope of returning to normality. In an attempt to save his family from the grip of fear and hunger, he agrees to move in with the pharmacist Luigi Villalba, his late best friend’s brother. And so in this large country house, standing in the shade of a large carob tree, we get to know the members of a family like so many others, and yet different from all of them. Luca, with black curls and an impudent manner, is getting ready to fight a war his father has long stopped approving of. Elena, sweet and compliant, already feels like a woman at sixteen, but is still a child in everyone else’s eyes. Little Michele, slight and silent, risks losing his life after being wounded in the bombing. Then there’s Agata, now Vittorio’s wife, but for ever the love of Luigi’s life and his great regret.

    Matteo Porru

    Il dolore crea l’inverno

    Grief Creates the Winter

    Elia Legasov has inherited the family business: he is a snow sweeper in a town immersed in whiteness.

    But, one day, the snow betrays him by yielding from its depths something that should have remained buried and forgotten. Elia consequently has to remember and start to question everything.


    Elia Legasov was born in a town surrounded by whiteness and has never left.

    His job is to shovel snow and clear streets along which nobody walks until the snow reveals something from its depths. Something connected to Elia’s family and all that was supposed to remain buried. From that moment on, Elia’s mind becomes crowded with memories he had suppressed: memories of a father who died many years ago and a mother who left for ever.

    This makes Elia believe what people say about his family: that the snow does not protect them but, on the contrary, puts them to the test to see if they are capable of forgetting, because everybody forgets. But the Legasovs remember, always.

    It is now Elia’s turn to remember, whatever the cost. Because grief creates the winter, only every winter is different from the one before and the one before that.

    Valeria Tron

    L'equilibrio delle lucciole

    The Balance of Fireflies

    A woman in search of herself in the small mountain village where she grew up. She returns to an archaic world, its traditions and its dark stories.

    A novel that tastes of bygone times, an archaic language that strikes a deep chord and gives voice to a world that no longer exists.


    After a love affair goes wrong, Adelaide decides to return to the village where she was born: a cluster of stone houses in the rugged, snow-capped mountains. Home, or meizoun in the language of this land on the French border. She leaves – runs away – to seek shelter in a place where time stands still, in small things, in the smell of the forests, of burning wood and the breath of animals. The only person waiting for her there is Nanà, a brisk ninety-year-old, and a closet full of boxes, dozens of small and large containers stored according to an unfathomable order, in which the old woman has crammed the recollections of many lives amid men, flowers, trees, water and time. Photographs, letters and objects that tell stories of wars, of sweethearts expected for forty years… a polyphonic testament. For Adelaide, diving into the memory of her people means finding an echo to her own story, redescovering the various forms of love, and uncovering a part of herself she had kept hidden even from herself. And it is also a good way to change her skin and recover – once and for all – from pain.

    Francesca Sensini

    La versione di Elena

    Helen's Version

    Helen of Troy: the mythological heroine whose tale has always been told by men speaks up and reveals the story of her life.

    A reflection on what it is to carry the burden of beauty for a woman, in the past as well as in the present day.


    Helen, the daughter of Zeus and Leda, born from a swan’s egg, is the most beautiful woman in the world, the most desired in all Greece. All the heroes of the peninsula – from Ulysses to Ajax – appear before her father to ask for her hand in marriage. But she is also the epitomy of treachery: she left her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta, and ran away with Paris, a foreigner, to live in Troy. The Trojan war, much written about in literature, broke out because of her.

    “There are many rumours about me. All kinds of contradictory things are said about me: some people think I am the worst among women, the cause of multiple damage, while others claim I am pure and innocent, splendid prey for men and a useful pawn in the hands of the gods. And then there are those who imply that it’s all wrong and that I am actually a goddess. What should you believe? What’s the truth? That’s why I’ve come from eternity to tell you about myself, firsthand.”

    Annick Emdin

    Il lupo di Skopje

    The Skopje Wolf

    Jan, a young Macedonian, throws himself off a viaduct and Clémence, who is taking a walk, instinctively jumps into the river and manages to save him. This gives rise to a difficult, contentious relationship that binds them in a constant flux to and from the abyss – the void – everybody must take face.

    A story of violence and abandonment, but also of redemption and love – a love that never takes its eyes off the other person or the world.


    Clémence is an art expert who lives a comfortable, monotonous life with her partner Davide. She takes long walks to chase away the demons that torment her, and it is on one of her strolls that one day she sees a young man throw himself off a viaduct. She instinctively jumps into the river to save him. This encounter leads to a challenging, contentious relationship: Jan is handsome, desperate and apparenly all alone in the world, but what Clémence doesn’t know is that he carries a secret, bloody history.

    It’s a story that began years before his birth, in Macedonia, with the christening of Magdalena, an unwanted little girl – a christening performed in a vain attempt to shield her from the sin of abandonment. Consequently, the little girl grows up seeking in everyone’s eyes something to take her away from the edge of the abyss. It is precisely in the depth of this abyss that the souls of Clémence, Jan and Magdalena meet.

    Sara Gambazza

    Ci sono mani che odorano di buono

    Some Hands Smell of Goodness

    Up-Lit

    Bina, an octogenarian left on her own, and Marta, a twenty-five-year-old from a district in the city’s outskirts, who puts her up, are the unforgettable protagonists of this debut novel about loneliness and frailty, that allows us to rediscover the joy of caring for someone.


    One winter afternoon, eighty-three year-old Bina is left on her own. She is waiting for her grandson Fabio in the Cinghio park, in the outskirts of a respectable town. Marta, twenty-five, watches her through her window, sees her grow stiff on a broken bench, and decides to put her up that night and the one after that. And the one after that, too.

    All the residents in the building gather around her: Gianna, the neighbour who talks to an imaginary sister, Ljuba, old Maria’s carer, and Benny, a security guard and Marta’s childhood friend.

    A couple of streets further up, Fabio, Bina’s grandson, is in serious trouble. So he knocks on the door of Genny, the prostitute, a damaged, disillusioned creature of the Cinghio district, who picks up other people’s pieces without asking questions.

    Bina and Fabio spend days living parallel lives, in limbo, in a harsh, unfamiliar place, waiting for something to happen.

    And something will happen. It will shuffle the cards and deal new cards to the players in a haphazard,  American-style game of poker, with an exceptional croupier: fate.

    Antonella Frontani

    Quando le stelle vengono meno

    When the Stars Fail

    Redescovering happiness and the beauty of little things can come from someone you least expect, like a vagrant and his saxophone.

    A story of redemption and hope that urges you to look at life without taking its splendour for granted.


    Turin. At dawn, the daily routine of the residents of the elegant apartment block at 7, Via Armando Diaz, is disrupted by the deeply moving music of a saxophone. Or almost. The music doesn’t wake the attractive Gemma, who is used to sleepless nights and who has been worrying for hours, wondering where her husband Marcello is, as he hasn’t come home yet. Her neighbour Nevio also opens his eyes and looks sadly at the young man next to him. Egle, on the other hand, is already dressed for her morning run, the only way to banish the thought of her unrequited love. Only Tommaso, Gemma’s son, is still asleep after a night painting the town. And yet it is the notes of this saxophone that will change his life, because they are being played by a vagrant who lives in the street with his little dog. And behind the emaciated face and tangled hair there’s a man who found redemption through music, and who will teach an entire apartment block about the beauty of little things.

    Erin Doom

    Fabbricante di lacrime

    Maker of Tears

    NEW ADULT 

    Wishing for a family. An impossible love.

    Just one certainty: you cannot lie to the ‘maker of tears’.


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    Within the walls of Grave, the orphanage in which Nica has grown up, stories and legends have always been told by candlelight. The most famous one is about the tear maker, a mysterious craftsman with eyes as clear as glass, guilty of having manufactured all the fears and anxieties that dwell in people’s hearts.

    But, at the age of seventeen, the moment has come for Nica to leave all these dark childhood stories behind. Her greatest dream is about to come true. Mr and Mrs Milligan have begun the adoption procedures and are ready to give her the family she’s always wanted. However, Nica is not alone in the new house. Rigel, a restless, mysterious orphan, is also taken out of Grave, and he’s the last person Nica would wish for an adoptive brother. Rigel is intelligent, astute, plays the piano like a bewitching demon and is mesmerisingly handsome, but his angelic appearance conceals a dark temperament. Even though Nica and Rigel share a past filled with grief and deprivation, living together seems impossible; especially when the legend comes back to haunt their lives and the maker of tears suddenly grows increasingly real and draws nearer. Even so, gentle and brave, Nica is ready to do anything in order to protect her dream, because only by facing the nightmares that torment her will she finally be able to soar freely like the butterfly after which she was named.

    Erin Doom

    Nel modo in cui cade la neve

    The Way the Snow Falls

    A heart white as snow.

    A love that rages like a blizzard.

    A precious secret to keep beyond death.


    Ivy grew up among frozen lakes and uncontaminated forests, surrounded by the snow she loves. This is why, after she is orphaned and forced to move to California, all she can think of is what she’s left behind. Canada and its land are a deep loss. Its mountains contain the past to which the girl is so attached, and that, unbeknown to her, makes her the carrier of a dangerous secret.

    The only family she has left is that of John, her kind godfather. It’s not long before she realises that John’s son, Mason, is no longer the toothless little boy whose picture she saw as a child. He is now grown up, with the sharp eyes of a wild animal and a face like a lair of shadows. And the first time he smiles at her, menacing, curving his perfect lips, Ivy realises that living with him will be harder than she expected. Indeed, Mason doesn’t want her there and does nothing to conceal it.

    As Ivy tries to keep her head above the violent waves of her new life by the ocean, Canada and its mysteries never cease to torment her while she does everything it takes to enable her heart, white as snow, to blossom once more, overcoming the winter cold.

    Carrie V. Leighton

    Better

    “I pictured a love as delicate as the sound of a symphony, as light as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings. I was wrong. From the first moment he touched me, love has been the off-key tune of an electric guitar. The curse of a soul on a collision course.”

     

    A new voice in the dark romance genre, that draws on the tradition of this genre in order to present strong themes that hinge on unavowable secrets and passions, and two complex, tormented characters.


    Vanessa is a second-year college student who has an innate love of books and the rain, and has an enduring bond with her best friends. After her parents get divorced, she meets Travis, a young man she hopes will help her recover her long-lost peace of mind. For two years it seems that nothing can dent their tempestuous love affair – at least not until Vanessa comes across the conceited arrogance of Thomas: a self-confident, hostile young man who is both a victim and an aggressor with a tormented past and a dreadful secret that has doomed him to unhappiness. Thomas and Vanessa’s lives, so different and yet so alike, interlock, leading to a both passionate and painful relationship made up of yearning, rows, secrets and obstacles. And when everything seems to take a turn for the better, an unexpected presence upsets everything.

    Rokia

    The Truth Untold. La verità nascosta

    The Truth Untold

    Once upon a time there was a divided city and an everlasting love. Will an untold truth lead to a happy ending?

     A great New Adult romance with a touch of fantasy.


    In a city torn apart by hatred, the Reds and the Whites live apart. Their worlds are divided by tall gates, at least until the day when the mayor decides to relocate the Red School pupils to the White Academy, so that the factions can mix and the tension – which has been raging for too long – can cool down. That’s how Isabella, the daughter of one of the city’s most influential families, meets for the first time Kinan, who represents the Reds. Kinan has flame-red hair, magnetic green eyes, and seems like an exemplary student. However, there is something odd about him and all the Reds. They have forced smiles, unnatural politeness and their every gesture appears to conceal shadow. Stubborn and brave, Isabella will be the first to unearth the terrifying secret behind appearances. A secret so dangerous, it can devastate lives. In a rollercoaster of fierce hatred and unfathomable attraction, their fates are doomed to become intertwined, as they are bound together by a truth that has waited all too long to be told.

    Rita Nardi

    Liberi come la neve

    Free Like the Snow

    A coming-of-age romantic novel about two young people, Nive and Hurst, with a painful past; they share fears, passions, traumas and dreams.

    A love made up of hope, threatened by dark secrets that lead Nive to a junction: freedom or love?


    Since her parents died, Nive has not had a place she can call home. When her aunt Josephine also dies, the only person who volunteers to become her guardian is a distant uncle Nive doesn’t even know and who lives on the other side of the world, in Canada.

    Moongrove is a small, cold town with a harsh climate and unwelcoming residents. First among them is Hurst Paytah, the future chief of a Native American tribe, who doesn’t tolerate strangers who do not respect his beloved woods and traditions.

    Nive can’t wait to turn eighteen so that she can finally be free to leave, to go far away from the surly, arrogant Hurst, who is doing a good job of making her stay a living hell. However, the two young people discover that they are too much alike to hate each other: they share a painful past and the wish to find someone who will soothe their pain. What initially looked like hatred turns into love. But there are too many dark secrets of which Nive is unaware and her past is much darker than she realises. Will she decide to run away, free at last, or stay among the snowy woods?

    Costanza Rizzacasa d'Orsogna

    Storia di Milo, il gatto che andò al Polo Sud

    The Story of Milo, the Cat Who Went to the South Pole

    How do a disabled little cat, a young woman and a penguin manage to reach the South Pole by themselves? A fairy tale for all ages about friendship, courage and freedom.


    Three years have passed since their lucky meeting and Milo and his mum have relocated to a little house by the sea. Although he’s never completely learnt to jump or walk straight, the increasingly self-confident little cat dares to take long walks to the beach, where one day he meets an emperor penguin chick, snatched away from the South Pole by unscrupulous smugglers. Feeling sorry for him, Milo decides to help. So he persuades his mum to embark on a long journey to save his new friend. From Rome to Buenos Aires, then down to Tierra del Fuego and finally Antarctica, Milo and the young woman discover a world that’s increasingly threatened by humans. A journey to the edge of our fears, during which Milo meets animals who are fierce only in appearance – among them a killer whale, a condor and a jaguar – who have a story to tell and much need of friendship. Our big-hearted little cat does not shy away and discovers that, if we truly believe it, nothing is impossible.                                                                                                                

    Anna Vera Viva

    L'artiglio del tempo

    The Claws of time

    Set in the deeply fascinating Sanità district in Naples, Father Raffaele’s investigations return, this time to deal with an apparently accidental death haunted by the shadow of Peppino, the delinquent brother fate stranded him with…


    Old Samuele is found dead in his hat shop, in the Naples alleys. Father Raffaele is the only one who is certain that this is not a tragic accident. Besides, Samuele is not your average old man: there are numbers tattooed on his arm, that are the symbol of horrors he never mentioned. Father Raffaele senses that the old gentleman was murdered because the shadow of Peppino, the delinquent brother fate stranded him with, looms over every dark deed in the district. And yet this time, there is an even bigger shadow that darkens the priest’s and his housekeeper’s investigations: the shadow of history, of a distant war that always seems close, and of Naples, that knows how to defend itself and never to let anyone or anything hush it.

    Roberto Costantini

    Cenere alla cenere

    Ashes to Ashes

    The final chapter in the series starring Italian spy Aba Abate, this time having to confront ghosts from a past she tried to bury, and the General, an unscrupulous man threatening the whole of European civilisation.


    Aba Abate, code name Ice, has spent twenty years pretending she did not know Johnny Jazir and never loved him. Now he is dead because of her, she is trying to find solace in the middle of her grief by focussing on her family, which needs getting back into shape, and on her work, which presents her with a new threat: the General. He is an unscrupulous man who has been operating in the shadows for decades, but is now ready to carry out a plan of revenge and terror on all his enemies – starting with agent Ice – in order to reach the entire European civilisation.

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