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Welcome back to your fortnightly Talk of the Town where we share the book love.

Not joined in Talk of the Town linky I co-host with Lindsay from Bookboodle before?  No worries!  You can check out all the details of the linky and if you’re unsure about how to link you can follow my walkthrough.  If you have any questions, please ask.

Each month we will be showcasing a novel from our sponsors, Black & White Publishing (and if you link up, you’ll be entered into a monthly giveaway).


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The novel we are showcasing for April is based on an incredible true story … I think it sounds awesome.

The Italian Chapel Philip Paris

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (8 Mar. 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785301640

ISBN-13: 978-1785301643

Amid the turmoil of the Second World War, a group of Italian prisoners is sent to the remote Camp 60 on the tiny Orkney island of Lamb Holm. Through freezing conditions, hunger and untold hardships, this ragtag band of brothers must work together to survive.

Among them is talented artist Domenico, who inspires his comrades to create a symbol of peace during a time of war, and by using their collective talents they forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Out of driftwood and junk they build the Italian chapel: a testament to hope and beauty in a war-ravaged world.

And when Italian POW Giuseppe and local woman Fiona develop feelings for each other, he decides to hide a secret token of his love in the chapel…

The Italian Chapel is a heartbreaking yet inspiring story of forbidden love, lifelong friendships and the triumph of the human spirit.

Available to purchase in paperback, hardcover, digital and audio formats.

Philip Paris The Italian ChapelAuthor, 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.


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

I pin all the Talk of the Town posts on a dedicated Pinterest board.  I’m delighted your posts catch the attention of Pinterest users (as the owner of the board, I receive notifications when a pin is re-pinned).

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Giveaway! everyone who links each month will go into the hat for a giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

The March randomly selected winner is Amanda from Chocolate Pages.  Congratulations Amanda!

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Looking forward to seeing what you share on Talk of the Town this week to share the book love 🙂

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Talk of the TownBlack & 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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