The Bookseller – Rights – Aria snaps up Thorpe’s ‘masterly’ war novel

Aria, the popular fictional Head of Zeus, has scooped The Enemy of Love by journalist and writer Annabelle Thorpe.

Publisher Rosie de Courcy secured all language rights to the title and another novel by Elly James from the HHB agency worldwide. The Enemy of Love will be published in April 2023 in hardcover, paperback, e-book and audio.

The Enemy of Love is an atmospheric, escapist and moving novel that follows the story of Sophie di Luca in wartime Italy in the 1940s,” reads the summary of the small Umbrian town of Amatino.

“Sophie always assumed that her beloved father would let her run the trattoria, but in Mussolini’s Italy a woman’s only place is at home. As conflict within the family increases, Mussolini falls and the Germans invade. Life is becoming very dangerous indeed.”

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De Courcy said: “Annabelle writes with great vigor about the lives of people involved in war, and no theater of World War II provides a more dramatic backdrop than Italy. With its misty hills and valleys of Umbria, food, wine and a famous family trattoria The Heart of Danger, this is a novel to be savored in the truest sense of the word.”

Thorpe has been a travel and features journalist for more than 20 years and has six years for the Times Travel Desk before becoming Assistant Travel Editor for the To expressand then take on the same role in the observer. She has been named one of the UK’s top 50 travel writers and has traveled to almost 60 countries. her first novel The people we were beforeplayed in the Croatian Civil War of the 1990s, their second, what lies within plays in Marrakesh (both published by Quercus). She has also written two travel books

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She said: “The Second World War is a period in history that most of us are familiar with, and yet so many extraordinary stories remain untold. Diving into Italy’s turbulent wartime to set the backdrop for it The Enemy of Love was a fascinating experience. War is inevitably a time of great trauma, but also of countless small joys, when the ties that bind us—love, family, friendship—are more precious than ever. I loved bringing my two families to life…supported and guided by legend Rosie de Courcy and my wonderful agent Elly James. Getting published is a team sport; I’m incredibly lucky to have her with me.”

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James added: “Not surprising for a travel writer, Annabelle is adept at creating a sense of place and transporting her readers to foreign lands The Enemy of Love is lively, but its flawed characters, whose lives and loves are shattered by German occupation, give the book real emotional weight. It was a pleasure to see Annabelle draw on Rosie de Courcy’s editorial expertise to write a story I can rub in everyone I know.”

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