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About the Author: Virginia Baily

My most recent novel is 'Early One Morning' which
came out in the UK this summer. Set in Rome in the 1940s and 1970s, it is “fearless, witty and full of flair” (The Guardian) and “as gripping as any thriller” (Daily Mail). It was Waterstones, Goldsboro Books and Hatchards' ‘Book of the Month’ in August, hit the Sunday Times bestseller list that month and was dramatized on BBC Radio 4 in October. It was published in the US in late September, Holland in October and is being translated into 10 other languages.

My first novel ‘Africa Junction,’ (as Ginny Baily) set in Devon and West Africa, won the McKitterick prize in 2012. I used the prize money to live in Rome for three months to research ‘Early One Morning.’

My short stories and poetry have been widely anthologized. I'm the co-founder and editor of Riptide short story journal, based in Exeter. I'm also the editor of the Africa Research Bulletin.

I am represented by Nicola Barr at Greene & Heaton agency.


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Hardback, by Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN10: 0349006482 | ISBN13: 9780349006482

Two women's decision to save a child during WWII will have powerful reverberations over the years.

Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family.

Claiming the woman's son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands his return; only as the trucks depart does she realize what she has done. She is twenty-seven, with a sister who needs her constant care, a hazardous journey ahead, and now a child in her charge.

Several decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, a self-contained woman working as a translator. Always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, whose absence and the havoc he wrought on Chiara's world haunt her. Then she receives a phone call from a teenager claiming to be his daughter, and Chiara knows it is time to face up to the past.

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