Every act has a past. Events don't just materialise from nowhere. The exile, the stolen painting and the most unlikely of witnesses - Elizabeth Saunders is trying to link the three things in order to defend her client, Ras, from a charge of terrorism.
When Elizabeth's investigations lead her to the pampered, amoral Alex Benson she is baffled by the extraordinary story unfolding before her. From a draughty British prison cell Ras dreams of seeing his daughter and struggles to navigate the alien culture alone.
In order to get to the truth he will be forced to go beyond the hills of northern Italy to a past where war's shadow is long and cold, and he has no choice but to take action.
The brilliant new novel from the author of TV Book Club pick, Brixton Beach
"A finely-crafted novel of art, memory and migration (Lucy Scholes, Independent)
"Tearne's training as a painter shows in the subtle descriptions that fill each page with lyrical power, and the beautiful detail that provides a respite from the emotional desolation each character struggles with. This could be devastating, but in Tearne's skilled and sensitive hands the effect is softened, almost redemptive, making the novel a satisfying read" (Anna Stopes, Independent on Sunday)
"Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose" (Francesca Angelini, Sunday Times)
"Beautifully written and observed, a richly woven plot. Roma Tearne leads us seamlessly between the intensity of art, love in a warm climate, and acute human suffering" (Jon Snow, Newscaster, Channel 4 News)
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