The Ghosts Of Rome

The Ghosts Of Rome


February 1944. Six months since German forces occupied Rome. Five weeks since Allied fighters landed at Anzio, fifty kilometres south. Their advance is meeting ferocious resistance.

Working inside the beleaguered city, the Contessa Giovanna Landini is part of the band of Escape Line activists known as ‘The Choir’. Their mission is to hide refugees and to help Allied soldiers escape from Rome, where things grow darker every day under the rule of Gestapo boss Paul Hauptmann.

One night, hurrying through the perilous streets in disguise, the Contessa comes across a man lying unconscious, dangerously injured. Taking him to safety, she finds he has no papers. Is he a partisan, an escaped prisoner of war, a double-agent, a deserter, a German? While he hovers between life and death, hidden in an Escape Line secret safehouse, the truth of his identity could mean the end for them all.


  • Breathtakingly good writing - O'Connor puts you right there, centre stage in the story and never lets you go
    Peter James, on My Father's House

About the author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include Cowboys and Indians, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and Shadowplay (Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, Costa Novel of the Year shortlist). His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
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