Author(s): Moorehead, Caroline,
Date of Publication: 14/11/2019,
Pagination: 416 pages,
Imprint: Chatto & Windus,
Published By: Vintage Publishing,
Book Classification: Italy, European history, Second World War, Gender studies: women, Fascism & Nazism
The extraordinary story of the courageous women who spearheaded the Italian Resistance during the Second World War.
In the late summer of 1943, in the midst of German occupation, the Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young women who signed up. Living in the mountains surrounding Turin their contribution was invaluable.
They carried messages and weapons, provided safe houses and took prisoners. As thousands of Italians rose up, they fought to liberate their country. With its corruption, greed and anti-Semitism, the fall of Fascist Italy was unrelentingly violent, but for the partisan women it was also a time of camaraderie and equality, pride and optimism.
Through the stories of these four exceptional women, the resolve, tenacity and, above all, courage of the Italian Resistance is laid bare.
A Spectator Book of the Year