Key title The true story of forbidden love in eighteenth-century Venice between an Italian noble and the brilliant, illegitimate daughter of an English baronet. A fascinating and romantic true love story Received fantastic review coverage in hardback. Published just in time for Valentine's Day, this will be the perfect lover's gift. Includes illuminating PS section with an author profile, an exclusive essay on the book and much more. Competition: Stella Tillyard Amanda Foreman
Andrea di Robilant lives in Rome and writes for La Stampa. He is Andrea Memmo's great great great great grandson.
'A sensitive reading of an enthralling love story ... The sense of Andrea di Robilant's affectionate commitment to his father's subject adds indefinable poignancy to his evocation of an impossible relationship.' Daily Telegraph 'Supple and elegant a stylist as he is, Robilant never allows his own enjoyment in unfolding this long-hidden narrative to upstage the raw drama of the correspondence forming its backbone ... The whole passionate correspondence, to which A Venetian Affair presents such a finely balanced introduction, is a thrilling addition to the corpus of eighteenth-century letter writing.' TLS 'Set against the backdrop of a glittering city sloping towards collapse and the debauched courts of Europe, with cameo appearances by characters such as Casanova, A Venetian Affair has all the compelling, over-the-top inevitability of opera.' Daily Mail 'A sad, enthralling book ... Fascinating.' Sunday Times