Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (April 14th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town, a fortnightly bookish link up so pop the kettle on, put your feet up, crack open and share with us your bookish posts and news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are continuing to sponsor Talk of the Town 🙂


We have a new book for you that we’re showcasing this month, based on a true story, check out The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris.  This sounds right up my street! 🙂

The blurb

Amid the turmoil of the Second World War, a group of Italian prisoners is sent to the remote Orkney island of Lamb Holm. In the freezing conditions, hunger and untold hardships of Camp 60, this ragtag band must work together to survive.
Domenico, a talented artist, is among them. He inspires his comrades to create a symbol of peace during these dark days of war, and out of driftwood and scrap they build the Italian chapel: a beacon of hope and beauty in a world ravaged by war.
The chapel soon becomes a place of love, too. When Giuseppe, another POW, falls for local woman Fiona, he decides to hide a token of his love there … the secret of which is unveiled for the first time in The Italian Chapel.
Based on an incredible true story, this heartbreaking and inspiring story tells of forbidden passion, lifelong friendships and the triumph of the human spirit.

Print Length: 274 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing (8th March 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781845027391

About the author

Author, playwright and journalist Philip Paris lives in the Highlands of Scotland and is best known for the historical fiction and non-fiction books he wrote about the Italian chapel, built during WW2 by Italian POWs in Orkney. His contemporary novel, Men Cry Alone, broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men. His stage play, Casting Off, played to sell-out audiences in the autumn of 2015. The hilarious storyline is taken to new heights in his latest novel by the same name.

Visit Philip’s website

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  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news 🙂

If you would like us to RT your post on Twitter, tag Shaz (@shazgoodwin) or myself (@bookboodle) and we’ll share your tweet. If you’re sharing this post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.

Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

Congrats to Amanda from Chocolate Pages who was March’s giveaway winner…enjoy! 🙂

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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8 thoughts on “Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (April 14th)

  1. chocolatepages says:

    Thank you very much for choosing me as last months winner. I am excited to receive and read the book from the publishers. It sounded like an excellent read. Thanks for hosting ToTT again, I have added my link and am off to read some more posts.


  2. Yvo says:

    I love the sound of The Italian Chapel! Then again I’m a huge historical fiction fan and it’s always a bonus when a story is based on a true event. 🙂


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