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About the book
  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784741419
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $40.00

A House in the Mountains

The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism




From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of Village of Secrets, comes the extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance during WW2

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of Village of Secrets, comes the extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance during WW2

  • Pub date: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784741419
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $40.00

About the Author

Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Dancing to the Precipice, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award in 2009, and her most recent book, Village of Secrets, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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Praise for A House in the Mountains

“Moorehead paints a wonderfully vivid and moving portrait of the women of the Italian Resistance…an excellent book… She depicts a tragic fate that is timeless, of dreams forged in adversity, shattered by collisions with practical politics”

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

“Brilliantly and subtly told… The narrative is told with such verve that I frequently had goosebumps: the men and women known from much drier history books come alive… a riveting read”

Tobias Jones, Guardian

“A sensitive and perceptive book founded on an appreciation of the role women play in any society, at any times. It is sober and serious, but still an easy read… Moorehead is not afraid to show how these women used their femininity to become more effective partisans”

Gerard DeGroot, The Times

“A brilliant overview of the war in Italy from the perspective of the female partisans”

Clare Mulley, Spectator, *Books of 2019*

“Moorehead’s quartet of heroines all… left the diaries, the letters, the documents and the family memories that have allowed her to tell their eye-opening and spirit-lifting stories so powerfully”

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk

“This is a highly satisfying conclusion to the author's series. Excellent, well-presented evidence of the incalculable strengths and abilities of women to create and run a country”

Starred Review, Kirkus

“Moorehead skilfully weaves…threads of individual stories together to create a web of interconnected lives… broad narrative is dotted with flashes of detail; the colour of a piece of clothing, the wording of a letter… Moorehead captures a sense of hope and vitality among the women of the Resistance, fighting with courage and determination for a future they believed in”

Elsa Maishman, Scotland on Sunday


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