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Discover Iris Origo’s A Chill in the Air

Posted 1st Nov 2017

‘A sublime wordsmith and an astute and passionate observer of human behaviour’ – New York Times 

A Chill in the Air, the gripping unpublished diary from the bestselling diarist and biographer, Iris Origo is now on shelves!

With piercing insight, Origo documents the grim absurdities that her adopted Italy underwent as war became more and more unavoidable. Connected to everyone, from the peasants on her estate to the US ambassador, she writes of the turmoil, the danger, and the dreadful bleakness of Italy in 1939-1940.

Published for the first time, A Chill in the Air is the account of the awful inevitability of Italy’s stumble into a conflict for which its people were ill prepared. With an introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, the award-winning author of The Pike, and an afterword by Katia Lysy, granddaughter of Iris Origo, this is the gripping precursor to Origo’s bestselling classic diary War in Val d’Orcia.


Read an extract from Origo’s diary now >