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Presentation of the book "A Bold and Dangerous Family, The Rossellis and th...
Wed 14 June 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Presentation of the book A Bold and Dangerous Family, The Rossellis and the Fight against Fascism by Caroline Moorehead
The author will be present, in dialogue with David Gilmour.
A Bold and Dangerous Family, The Rossellis and the Fight against Fascism, is the 3rd in a series of books on resistance and survival in France and Italy before and during WW2. It is the story of Amelia Rosselli and her two sons, Carlo and Nello, who were among the first antifascists challenging Mussolini from soon after the March on Rome. Set against the background of fascist violence during the 1920s and 1930s, it describes the deportation of Mussolini's opponents to the penal islands off Sicily, the flight and exile of prominent anti-fascists to France, and life under the fascist regime. The Rossellis paid heavily for their views. Carlo and Nello were murdered on Galleazzo Ciano's orders in 1937. The book is based largely on the papers and letters of the Rosselli family and their friends.
The author will talk about her latest book with the historian and biographer David Gilmour.
Caroline Moorehead is a historian and biographer, whose books include the lives of Bertrand Russell, Iris Origo, Martha Gellhorn and Lucy de la Tour du Pin. She is also the author of a book about refugees, Human Cargo, and has written and made films about human rights. She is currently at work on the fourth in a series of books about resistance before and during world war 2. The first two – A Train in Winter and A Village of Secrets – were set in Vichy France. The third, A Bold and Dangerous Family, The Rossellis and the fight against fascism, is set in Italy and will be published on June 15. She is currently working on a book about women partisans in the valleys about Turin.
David Gilmour is a historian and biographer whose books include The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe di Lampedusa and The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples.