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The Fourth Shore

Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The Fourth Shore: the sliver of fertile land along the Tripoli coast, the 'lost' territory Mussolini promised to reclaim for Italy. Which is how, in 1929, 17-year-old Liliana Cattaneo arrives there from Rome on a ship filled with eager colonists to join her brother and his new wife.   

Liliana is sure she was on the brink of a great adventure, but what awaits her is not the Mediterranean idyll of cocktail parties, smart dances, dashing officers and romantic intrigues she had imagined. Instead she finds a world of persecution, violence, repression, corruption and deceptions both great and small.    

A child of fascist Italy, blown about by the winds of fascism and Catholicism, Liliana becomes enmeshed in a dark liaison which has terrible consequences for both her and those she loves most.    

The Fourth Shore is the engrossing and intensely poignant story of Liliana's journey from Rome to Tripoli to a north London suburb where, as plain Lily Jones, she begins to uncover a secret she has buried so deeply that even she is far from certain what it is.

©2019 Virginia Baily (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • 09-06-19

The Fourth Shore

This novel is a carefully crafted mix of the personal and political in the telling of colonialism. At times, a hard read which doesn't shy away from violence but ultimately redemptive, the strands are woven together beautifully with characters who become important to the reader. On Audible, this became a listen I couldn't wait to get back to!

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Superb!

Unbelievable amount of research has gone into this book.Beautiful story. very good indeed, I was immersed from the
first page.