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When Italy made peace in the summer of '43, 50,000 Allied POWs, Eric Newby among them, walked away from their prison camps. But Italy was occupied by the Germans, and the camps were behind those lines. Newby went to the mountains where, with the help of locals, he evaded the retreating enemy.
Italian peasants sheltered him for more than three months. In this classic memoir of WW II, Newby recalls these selfless people. . .their unchanging lifestyle, the funny, bizarre and dangerous incidents, his hopes of the local girl who later became his wife.
"An exciting story, superbly told." (Punch)
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Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque Moshulu as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Australia to Europe, by way of Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him to escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, he worked in the fashion business and book publishing but always travelled on a grand scale, sometimes as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1971. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP8842141
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 1971. Condition: Good. Light wear to boards. Content is clean and bright. Good DJ in protective wrapper. Front endpaper is missing. Ex library with remnants to front pastedown. Seller Inventory # 9999-9991332310
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Condition: G. Dust Jacket Condition: G+. First Edition. G/G+. 8vo. original charcoal boards gilt (ex-library with rsms, rams. labels, tape marks to outer leaves, generally rubbed & marked, spine slanted, lower hinge starting, tail edge of boards a little worn) in dustwrapper (spine faded, rubbed with minor chipping to spine ends, cat. no. to spine); pp. 222 (last blank), with frontispiece portraits & a map. A reading copy of the first edition. Seller Inventory # 013442
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, London, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. 1st Edition. !st edition copy. With black and white illustrations. Book: light shelf wear to page edges , a little dust to board edges . Good, clean, internal pages. .Hard cover has some light shelf wear to edges top and base, lightly bumped top and base of spine, very good.D\W: Good, but has wear top and base edges, minor chips to bottom corners and base of spine. Unclipped.Overall a very good copy. Seller Inventory # 081253
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, London, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Jacket by Don Last (illustrator). 1st Edition. First edition, first impression. Some slight edge wear to top and bottom of jacket and spine, corners slightly rubbed, spine very slightly faded, top of page block dyed purple as issued, not price clipped (£2.25, 45s), no inscriptions, internally clean tight and square, overall a vg++ copy. 221pp. The gripping real life story of Eric Newby's (1919-2006), imprisonment and escape from an Italian prison camp during World War II. After the Italian Armistice of 1943, Eric Newby escaped from the prison camp in which he'd been held for a year. He evaded the German army by hiding in the caves and forests of Fontanellato, in Italy's Po Valley. Against this picturesque backdrop, he was sheltered for three months by an informal network of Italian peasants, who fed, supported and nursed him, before his eventual recapture. 'Love and War in the Apennines' is Newby's tribute to the selfless and courageous people who were to be his saviours and companions during this time and of their bleak and unchanging way of life. Of the cast of idiosyncratic characters, most notable was the beautiful local girl on a bike who would teach him the language, and eventually help him escape. Two years later they were married and would spend the rest of their lives as co adventurers. Part travelogue, part escape story and part romance, this is a mesmerising account of wisdom, courage, humour and adventure, and tells the story of the early life of a man who would become one of Britain's best loved literary adventurers. Quite a scarce book. Seller Inventory # 007043
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020340105585
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: F-. First Edition. VG+/F-. 8vo. original charcoal boards gilt (inscrip. & mark to FFE, a few leaf edge spots) in dustwrapper (price-clipped, slightly rubbed & nicked); pp. 222 (last blank), with frontispiece portraits & a map. A near fine copy. Seller Inventory # 021068
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0340105585