Described by the author as 'a Renaissance soap opera', Immortali is a late 16th century feast of pleasure and pain, exploring mysticism and heresy, tensions and jealousies, illusion and reality, smouldering passion and murderous intrigue. In telling the story of young Giulia Olivieri, enthralled by the mesmerising theatrical troupe Immortali and seduced by its 'most cherished son', the magnetic Arlecchino, Lewington has created a world that is both emotionally familiar, and as strangely exotic and heady as a Venetian perfume.
A new edition of Tribes will be available by April 2012. This will be coming out firstly as an ebook to get it into marketplace within the year predicted to be our last on planet earth. Whether or not the predictions come to pass, I shall have given readers my view of what life could be like for those 'lucky' enough to survive the apocalypse.
Tribes is not just another tale of a group of ill-assorted folk lurching from one disaster to another in a bid to stay alive. It is a complex tale of family loyalty and love, of moral choices in a world where Strength is Survival. Complex the storytelling may be but the pace is fast, the writing style easy to digest. So, give it a try - and soon, just in case the predictions prove correct.
Immortali was published 1st June 2011, is selling well and is now available in ebook. Immortali features the exploits of a company of travelling actors in the tradition of the Commedia dell'Arte and puts forward the theory that the true Mona Lisa is Salai, Leonardo da Vinci's apprentice and gay lover. If you like your celebs to be living in 1600, prefer sex with your spirituality, love magic, heresy and murderous intrigue, all taking place in the most beautiful city on earth, Immortali is for you.
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Immortali was listed in a survey by the New York Times as a book teachers would be reading in their summer break, coming between The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo/Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and The Paris Wife.
Immortali is available in paperback and eBook form.