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Arandora Star

Arandora Star [Kindle Edition]

Natalie Dye
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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It is 1940. Lily has just left her abusive husband, Albert, and finds comfort in the town’s Italian café. The café owner’s son, Antonio, a widower with a young son, and Lily soon fall in love.

But their happiness is overshadowed by the spectre of Albert who is intent on destroying both of their lives. Albert falsifies information and incriminates Antonio, who is arrested and interned in various makeshift camps.

Unbeknownst to Antonio’s mother, and Lily, he is put on the Arandora Star, a vast cruise ship hastily refitted for war, with other innocent Italian men, German, Austrian and Jewish internees, which is to take them to Canada.

A heartbreaking and remarkable story that is both moving and unbearably riveting.

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About the Author

Natalie Dye was born in London and educated in Surrey.  She turned down a place at university to read computer science as her heart was set on journalism. She has worked as a features writer and an editor in most of the large prestigious newspapers and magazines and is presently the staff features writer of TV Choice and Total TV Guide magazines, Bauer Media; the Contributing editor of Take a Break’s Fate & Fortune and is a Media consultant at Kingston University, London.  Natalie also had her own astrology columns in More, Top Sante and New Woman magazines in 1990s/2000s.  She has had books published by Robson Books and Ebury (Random House Group). She is married to Gino Tambini whose grandfather died in the Arandora Star tragedy. This event, which left the family distraught and traumatised, prompted Natalie to write the story and relate the suffering that is still keenly felt today. Her son, Jasper, had spent most of his life in and out of the Great Ormond St Hospital undergoing treatment for a brain tumour and hydrocephalus. Jasper is now at the University of Southampton reading mathematics and her younger son, Justin, is a jazz drummer and pianist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4207 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (10 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Natalie Dye has worked as a journalist for more than 28 years, writing for national newspapers and major TV and women's magazines in the UK, Dubai and Australia. Her work has been syndicated worldwide, and she spent seven years as a Contributing Editor for Cosmopolitan magazine in London.

She is currently a staff features writer on Britain's top-selling magazine TV Choice and its sister publication Total TV Guide (Bauer Publishing), is a contributing editor to Take a Break's Fate&Fortune magazine and is a media consultant at Kingston University London. Her first book, Cosmopolitan Confessions, was published back in 2002 while her most recent, Arandora Star, is her debut novel and partly based on the experiences of her Italian grandfather-in-law, who was lost on the ship.

​Natalie is represented by Sheil Land literary agency. She lives in Surrey with her husband Gino, an art director; their two sons Jasper, 21 and Justin, 18; and two adorable cats. Jasper, a student at the University of Southampton, was a patient in Great Ormond Street Hospital's neurosurgical unit for many years and one of Natalie's favourite quotes is by the photographer Duncan Raban: 'Nothing else matters once you've been in there.'

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and emotional love story 13 Oct 2013
By E. Penn
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Utterly compelling and full of emotion. Arandora Star brings to life the largely untold story of what happened to Italians living in the UK during World War II. It's a heartfelt tale of love and loss, with careful care and attention paid to the past in order to make you understand and really feel what the characters went through during this terrible time in Britain and Italy's history.
I was simply absorbed into their world, and couldn't stop reading. Having in mind the tragedy of the sinking of the Arandora Star in 1940 only fuels the empathy, and I couldn't hold back the tears.
A fantastic book, beautifully descriptive and it's made me want to find out more about the real ship, the passengers and their plight.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most moving and riveting love story 15 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Once I started reading I became totally transfixed by the characters and their plight. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions, from tears, hope, anger, sorrow and blind rage. The fact that the story is based around the true historical events leading up to the tragic sinking of The Arandora Star makes this compelling story all the more poignant. The best and most moving book I've read in a long long time thoroughly recommended .
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Many events came together to produce the humanitarian disaster which was World War 2. Natalie Dye expertly explores one resultant tragedy - the sinking of the Arandora Star. Her description of the impact on personal lives is told as if she herself had experienced what they had. This then is transferred to the reader by the quality of her writing. So invoking a wide spectrum of emotions as you share the experience of the original characters. I highly recommend this book to anybody looking for an absorbing story which is very closely linked to real events in (fairly) recent history. It has the potential to form the basis of an excellent film, possibly to rival that of James Cameron's Titanic.

Joe Barlow.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable story wonderfully told 29 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was hooked from the first page. A beautiful and tragic story based on true events. I was recommended Arandora Star by a friend and would like to pass that recommendation on to everyone looking for compelling historical fiction, or indeed a memorable, engaging and intelligent love story. This book will stay with me for a long time. Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential in the suitcase 29 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyed it immensely from start to finish a great story and to know the ship was real just gave it something special
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 27 Oct 2013
By Sian85
Format:Kindle Edition
Great book... Very moving and written brilliantly. Recommend this to anyone. Had no idea about this story before the book. Fantastic!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read 27 Oct 2013
By MMcGee
Format:Kindle Edition
My favourite book this year. Lots of emotional connections to my home town in Wales. This book is spot on in its mix of fact and fiction. Great buy for Xmas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arandora Starr 20 Oct 2013
By burni
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I downloaded the app for my iphone (free - kindle for iphone) and then bought the book as I'm a huge fan of adventure and WW2 stories. Arandora Starr has not diasappointed me; compelling reading of real people who went through this situation. Tinged with real historical facts and fiction to make this an excellend read. The opening chapter compelled me to read on! Thoroughly enjoying the book (present tense as half way through.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A different take on WWII
What must it be like to be an immigrant living in a country which is at war with your own? Do you suddenly become the hated enemy? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Boudicca
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read
You'd be better off just reading the summary (pretty much the entire story) or finding a factual account. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss M Landreth
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly compelling read
What a marvellous book. I bought it to read on our half term holiday - coincidentally we were in Suffolk not far along the coast from where the book is set. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hilary Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Realy good read
Loved this book, Fab read didnt want it to end. Will buy more books from this author.Very good read exelent.
Published 2 months ago by daphne
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart rendering story of how the Italians in Britain were treated...
Really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down and finished it on holiday in 2 days. A heart rendering story of how the Italians in Britain were treated during WW2.
Published 2 months ago by R.Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
One of the many bad things that happened in the war. Looking back after the event is always more easy.
Published 3 months ago by jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Arandora Star
This is a fictional story set around a factual event and to put it in a few descriptive words, it is poignant, heart-rending, thought provoking and disturbing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Merissa
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING
Published 4 months ago by Karobaguyac
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent emotional read
As someone who also lost a great grandfather on the Arandora star I found this book touching and emotional to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by divinajean
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing what many have been afraid to talk about
Thank you Natalie for helping me to understand how my grandfather, Egidio Friggi, met his death. It is something little talked about by my quiet, unassuming mother, yet it must... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janine Pulford
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