The Palazzo Colombina is home to the Uccello family: three generations of men, trapped together in the dusty palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. Awkward fifteen-year-old Nico. His distant, business- focused father. And his beloved grandfather, Paolo. Paolo is dying. But before he passes, he has
secrets he’s waited his whole life to share.
When a Jewish classmate is attacked by bullies, Nico just watches – earning him a week’s suspension and a typed, yellowing manuscript from his frail Nonno Paolo. A history lesson, his grandfather says.
A secret he must keep from his father. A tale of blood and madness . . .
Nico is transported back to the Venice of 1943, an occupied city seething under its Nazi overlords, and to the defining moment of his grandfather’s life: when Paolo’s support for a murdered Jewish woman brings him into the sights of the city’s underground resistance. Hooked and unsettled, Nico
can’t stop reading – but he soon wonders if he ever knew his beloved grandfather at all.
This is a beautifully written book set in Venice, Paulo is on his death bed and hands over to his Grandson Nico an envelope each day he visits him in hospital to take home and read. The envelope contains a piece of history, the story of Paulo’s life. Set in Nazi occupied Venice in 1943 the story alternates between the present and past which I personally really enjoy and feel beings so much to a story.
For me, The Garden Of Angels was like a mini history lesson that I couldn’t step away from, it pulled me in and I didn’t want to put it down. I felt as if I was actually in Venice, David’s descriptive text brings the city alive and I could see clearly in my minds eye everything he described.
The relationship between Paulo and his Grandson Nico is lovely, this is a complex exciting read and one that will stay with you long after you read the last line!
All About David
David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times, The Sunday Times and the Independent. He is the author of more than twenty-five novels, including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages, and his Amsterdam-based series featuring detective Pieter Vos.
He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series, The Killing. He lives near Canterbury in Kent.
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