An inspiring historical saga following the lives and loves of pioneering Italians, driven by poverty from the sunshine of their native Tuscany for a new life in the world’s first industrial city, the booming, dark and grimy metropolis of nineteenth century Manchester. Little Italy is the story of the Italians who came to England in the 1800’s, set in the Ancoats area of Manchester known as Little Italy. It tells how they left behind their beloved homeland, shaping new lives for themselves in the world’s first industrial city. It follows the lives, loves and aspirations of four families – one English, three Italian. Best-selling novels have been written on the Jewish immigrants to Manchester but no-one has written a similar fictionalised history of the Italians. And yet approximately one in every 200 people in Britain today is Italian or of Italian descent. The author’s great-great-great-grandfather was an Italian sculptor who came over from Tuscany to Manchester in the 1850’s to work on a church in Ancoats.
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Barbara O’Brien was born in Lancashire and educated at a convent in Wales. At twenty-one she moved to New York, where she worked as an advertising copywriter. After two years in the USA, she returned to England to work as a television press officer in charge of publicising a top soap opera and a leading current affairs programme. She gave up her job to write novels and has published six under the name Barbara Hart. She lives in Cheshire.
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