THE OTHER SIDE OF COMO
By Mara G. Fox
Beginning in 1931, amongst the dreary slums of London’s docklands, The Other Side Of Como takes us on an exciting journey across mid-century Europe as it suffers the greatest war ever known. Based on true events, this is the thrilling story of Vivian, a young woman who leaves home and family for love. Love of a man, but also love of Northern Italy – the rich landscape of the Grigna mountains; the lakes Como, Maggiore, Lugano; and the prosperous industrious city of Milan. When the shadow of Fascism draws over Italy, Vivian must watch as her happiness is gradually destroyed, and her family is pulled deeper into danger.
Mara G. Fox was born in London, spent a childhood in Brighton and now lives in Cambridge. She was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised as a criminal barrister for 20 years. Based on her mother’s experiences in Italy during World War II, this is her first novel.
Fox has the gift to describe public and private matters, people who act bravely and others who, for complex reasons, get into fascist uniforms and become enemies. I recommend it to English-speaking readers for its richness, humanity and uniqueness as a story. – Jonathan Steinberg