The Rome Affair

  • by Karen Swan
  • Narrated by Katie Scarfe
  • 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The glamorous capital city of Italy is brought to startling life in The Rome Affair, a compelling summer story by Karen Swan.
It's 1974, and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At 26 she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it.
It's 2017, and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London. When she finds a stolen designer handbag in her dustbin and returns it, she is brought into the orbit of her grand neighbour who lives across the piazza - famed socialite Viscontessa Elena dei Damiani Pignatelli della Mirandola. Though the purse is stolen, Elena greets the return of the bag with exultation, for it contains an unopened letter written by her husband on his deathbed 12 years earlier.
Mutually intrigued by each other, the two women agree to collaborate on a project, with Cesca interviewing Elena for her memoirs. As summer unfurls, Elena tells her sensational stories, leaving Cesca in her thrall. But when a priceless diamond ring found in an ancient tunnel below the city streets is ascribed to Elena, Cesca begins to suspect a shocking secret at the heart of Elena's life.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An intriguing story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it is beautifully read, unlike a lot of audible books I've listened to.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rome Affair?

When you realise that it was Veto's brother that was in the heart of it all.


What about Katie Scarfe’s performance did you like?

everything - she created perfect atmosphere for the book


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could never do that with any book. It was nice coming back to it every day


Any additional comments?

Very interesting story, I just wish it went deeper when going back to the past so that we could "live" in those moments more - would make a great series

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- Agnieszka Bania

it's not quite as good as I thought it would be

I think that it was quite disappointing not as good as any of my previous book's so only 3 star from me
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- Anne Callender

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-07-2017
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd