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A Bold and Dangerous Family


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Following two bestselling books on the French Resistance, including the Samuel Johnson-shortlisted Village of Secrets, Caroline Moorehead turns her attention to the anti-fascist movement in Italy

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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.


"A gripping tale of intrigue... I was enormously moved" * Observer *
"Expertly alternating vivid domestic detail with lucid exposition of the gradual evolution of totalitarianism... It feels like the book she was born to write" -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Guardian *
"Moorehead's book, written with sensitivity, erudition and balance, is a fine tribute to the Rosselli family" * Financial Times *
"Carefully, and with considerable skill, Moorehead juxtaposes the growth into maturity of the intelligent Florentines, Carlo and Nello, with a vivid account of the turbulent conditions that enabled Fascism to take root" -- Miranda Seymour * Daily Telegraph *
"A Bold and Dangerous Family represents a major contribution to the study of anti-Fascism, further enriched by Caroline Moorehead's vivid portrayal of interwar Italy and Europe" -- Jonathan Keates * Literary Review *
"A professional historian of modern Italy might... think it about time thay we had a clear and genuine account of the Rosselli's story in English. This is what Caroline Moorehead provides in her engrossing new book" -- RJB Bosworth * Oldie *
"It's a shocking and very powerful story, and can hardly avoid putting the question - what would you do in these circumstances?" -- Philip Hensher * Spectator *
"Humane and engrossing" -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Observer *
"Absorbing" -- Ian Thomson * New Statesman *
"Fascinating" -- Gabriel Josipovici * Jewish Chronicle *
"Spellbinding... A poignant reminder of the high price of freedom." -- Simon Shaw * The Mail on Sunday *
"A fine book... Sound scholarship is wedded to an elegant and captivating narrative style." -- Gigliola Sulis * The Times Literary Review *

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