- Publisher: Random House Canada (2022-11-01)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 432 pages
- ISBN-13: 9780735279742
- Item Weight: 498.96 grams
- Dimensions: 8.97 x 6.0 x 1.17 cm
The bestselling author of A Train in Winter returns with the definitive story of Mussolini’s daughter, Edda, one of the most influential women in 1930s Italy, whose life had more twists and turns than a spy novel.
Edda Mussolini was Benito's favourite child: spoiled and venal, uneducated but clever, faithless but flamboyant, a brilliant diplomat, wild but brave, and ultimately strong and loyal. For much of the twenty-year period of Fascist rule, she was her father's closest confidante.
In 1930, at the age of nineteen, Edda married Count Galeazzo Ciano, who would become the youngest Foreign Secretary in Italian history. Acting as envoy to both Germany and Britain, Edda played a part in steering Italy to join forces with Hitler. During this time, the Cianos became the most celebrated and glamorous couple in elegant, vulgar Roman fascist society.
Their fortunes turned in 1943, when Ciano voted against Mussolini in a plot to bring him down, and his father-in-law did not forgive him. Edda's dramatic story includes hidden diaries, her father's downfall and her husband's execution, and an escape into Switzerland followed by a period in exile. Moorehead draws a portrait of a complicated, bold, and determined woman—one who emerges not just as a witness but as a key player in some of the twentieth century's defining moments. And we see Fascist Italy with all its glamour, decadence and political intrigue, and the turbulence before its violent end.
About the Author
CAROLINE MOOREHEAD is the author of the international bestsellers A House in the Mountains, A Train in Winter, A Bold and Dangerous Family and Village of Secrets, nominated for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. Moorehead is also the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. She lives in London and Italy.