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The Italian Chapel | [Philip Paris]

The Italian Chapel

Amidst strikes, conflicts and untold hardships, the Italian prisoners of war sent to a tiny Orkney island during World War Two create a monument to the human spirit’s ability to lift itself above great adversity. One artist falls in love with a local Orkney woman and leaves a token of his love in the chapel. It is still there today and, until now, no-one has ever known its true meaning.
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Publisher's Summary

The Italian Chapel is a story of forbidden love, lifelong friendships torn apart, despair and hope, set against the backdrop of the creation of a symbol that is known around the world.

Amidst strikes, conflicts and untold hardships, the Italian prisoners of war sent to a tiny Orkney island during World War II create a monument to the human spirit’s ability to lift itself above great adversity. One artist falls in love with a local Orkney woman and leaves a token of his love in the chapel. It is still there today and, until now, no-one has ever known its true meaning.

©2009 Philip Paris (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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"A moving story, memorably told." (The Scotsman)

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  • Maureen
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "An Inspiring Book"

    I loved this book, beautifully read by David Rintoul. First of all, it gives you an insight into what it was like to be an Italian POW sent to 'the end of the world' (as it appeared to them) , , , and a very cold wet one at that! More importantly, however, it tells of the endurance and ingenuity of the human spirit and the desire to create something meaningful and beautiful even when life seems very desolate. It tells of love, friendship and a growing understanding and respect not only between the POWs but also between the POWs and their guards or the Orcadians. I wanted to know what happened to the different characters after the war and was so glad that there was information about some of them. At the end, you just want to go and visit the Chapel which is now one of Orkneys favourite tourist sites. What better recommendation can their be for this little gem of a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Pershore, United Kingdom
    6/30/11
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    "The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris"

    I loved every minute of it. Really fascinating story with engaging characters and well narrated.
    I high recommend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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