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.