The Di Napolis may have been raised in England, but their souls are Italian. And it is Cesare who, by sheer force of personality, has done the most to keep the family spirit alive. But when a journalist begins to take an unusual interest in Cesare's war record, the younger generations realise how little they really know him. Sophie, his granddaughter, recently returned heartbroken from Rome, takes it upon herself to get to the truth. Her first challenge is to win her grandfather's trust. When she succeeds, she is rewarded by an unforgettable story: of turn of the century Naples, 1930s Clerkenwell, internment and the Drama of the Arandora Star. It is a journey of discovery that will bring Sophie Gloser to her roots - and to finding the love she has barely dared hope for. The Italian Quarter will delight anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by a large and exuberant family - or ever yearned to be part of one - while bringing to light one of the Second World War's moving forgotten histories. The Italian Quarter was shortlisted for the Pendleton May First Novel Award.