Love and War in the Apennines
Illustrated by Robin Heighway-Bury
Introduced by Edward Stourton
Eric Newby's story of escape and evasion, dedicated to the ordinary Italian people who saved his life, remains funny, vivid and deeply moving.
In 1942 Eric Newby, a member of the British Special Boat Section (SBS), was captured by enemy soldiers during an operation off the coast of Sicily. Held for more than a year in a prisoner-of-war camp, Newby and his fellow prisoners took advantage of the Italian surrender in 1943 and escaped into the countryside. Newby would go on to be a celebrated travel writer with titles such as A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, but this book – a funny and moving tribute to the people of rural Italy who helped him survive – is perhaps his most personal and most poignant.