David Hewson

Venice at war…

At his beloved Nonno Paolo’s deathbed, fifteen-year-old Nico receives a gift that will change his life forever: a yellowing manuscript which tells the haunting, twisty tale of what really happened to his grandfather in Nazi-occupied Venice in 1943.

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.

Audiobook narrated by Richard Armitage.

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Written primarily from the point of view of Juliet, a bright, rebellious sixteen-year-old, this is a story of a young woman’s search for freedom and the right to determine her own life, not have it fixed for her by others, her parents, the Church or her husband.

Based on Romeo and Juliet, the Audie-winning audio production performed by Richard Armitage, it’s a story you think you know: the age-old tale of “star-cross’d lovers”; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare’s work quite like this….

The book reworks and expands on the classic story so that it becomes something richer, something new and entirely its own. Much more than a simple love story, it is a brilliant examination of young versus old, hope against despair, and, for Juliet, the search for individual identity at a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel.

Told in modern language, with twists and turns that don’t appear in the original, Juliet and Romeo is a classic Renaissance love story for today.

Along 350 miles from Rome to Brindisi, the Appian Way rose from its humble beginnings as a military track to become the engine that transformed Ancient Rome into the greatest empire Europe had ever seen.

Two thousand years later, with the continent in the process of another seismic shift, David Hewson travels its route in the footsteps of the ordinary and extraordinary people who trod its path.

From the gladiator rebel Spartacus to the marauding general Hannibal, via emperors, martyrs and politicians, he uncovers the stories of war, intrigue and ambition buried beneath its cobblestones.

Whether you love history, travel, Italy or all three, The Appian Way is a vivid, personal and fascinating exploration of an ancient journey that has never been more relevant.

You can go behind the scenes of the book with two exclusive web features created from David’s travels and photographs. A Google Earth project will take you along the route of the Via Appia from Rome to Brindisi, listing all the locations mentioned in the book, with notes and photographs.

The tenth Nic Costa thriller sees Costa and his team leave Rome for the wilds of Calabria. A gang lord from the notorious ‘Ndrangheta mob wants to turn state witness. But Costa has to go undercover as one of the mob’s men in order to get him out.

Costa and his colleagues return in a brand new story that takes them out of their home turf of Rome and places them in the wild, raw south, a lawless place of myth and danger.

The table are turned on his team as they are forced to hide under false identities in a beautiful swordfishing village while Costa is tasked with convincing the local crime gang he’s one of their ranks until the defecting gang boss can be spirited to safety.

But soon both sides find themselves trapped in a spiral of deceit from which there’s no easy escape or early release. In the wilds of the far south, Costa and his colleagues find they’re the hunted, not the hunters, as the crime gang closes in on the truth.

Hewson does more than provide a thrilling read. He saves you the airfare to Italy. When you turn the last page you’ll think you’ve been there.

Linwood Barclay

David Hewson’s award-winning novels range from the Copenhagen of The Killing and Sarah Lund to the Italy of Nic Costa and the Amsterdam of Pieter Vos.

Over twenty five years and more than thirty titles his books have delighted readers around the world.

In 2018 David’s adaptation, Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, won the Audie for best audio original.