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Carlo Minelli is about to discover that war and art are certainly not mutually exclusive. His politically ambitious father is carefully curating Carlo's future at the family's Lombardy vineyard. But Carlo and his artistic mother have other ideas. On the day he is meant to take up a highly coveted art scholarship at the French-run Villa Medici in Rome, Il Duce declares war. Carlo is turned away from the heavily guarded entrance to the Villa, leaving him neither a student nor gainfully employed in support of the war effort.
Press-ganged into the Italian Army and captured in North Africa, Carlo the POW sketches and
paints his way across three continents and several oceans, bringing the hardships of World
War II into sharp relief against unexpected mateship, beauty and love.
'Peter Yeldham's historical fiction pedigree is one of the best in the country.' - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.
Peter Yeldham OAM has been a writer since the age of seventeen when he wrote short stories and radio scripts. He went to England, intending to stay a year and stayed nearly twenty, writing for British television, then feature films and stage plays, including the highly successful 'Birds on the Wing' (in 1972 it was the top grossing play in Europe) and 'Fringe Benefits' which ran for two years in Paris. He has written another six plays for the theatre and collaborated on the musical 'Seven Little Australians'. His Australian work includes numerous mini-series, among them '1915', 'Captain James Cook', 'The Alien Years', 'All the Rivers Run', 'The Heroes', 'The Far Country', 'Run from the Morning', 'The Timeless Land', 'Ride on Stranger' and 'The Battlers'. His adaptation of Bryce Courtenay's novel 'Jessica' earned Peter a Logie award in 2005. He is the author of nine previous historical novels - A Bitter Harvest, The Currency Lads, Against the Tide, The Murrumbidgee Kid, A Distant Shore, Glory Girl, Barbed Wire and Roses, Above the Fold and Dragons in the Forest. In 1991 he received an Order of Australia Medal for achievement in film and television, and a Centenary Medal in 2003. Industry honours include six Australian Awards, a British Writers Guild Award, a Ned Kelly Award nomination for his thriller Without Warning, and an Emmy Award nomination for his television drama, Captain James Cook. For more information please visit www.peteryeldham.com