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The Cameraman

Available May 2023

Former cinema cameraman Julius Sewell journeys across Europe with his family to his sister's wedding in Rome. But this is an unusual road trip. For one thing, Julius has suffered an episode of psychosis and has only been released from hospital to travel. And then there is his family. This is Easter 1934 and Julius' stepfather and mother are keen members of Oswald Mosley's new party, the British Union of Fascists. One of Julius' half-sisters is in studying in Munich, where she dreams of meeting meet her idol, Adolf Hitler. And another half-sister is a member of the British Communist Party, and wants Julius, who is close to the bride-to-be, to wreck the coming wedding, because the groom is a rising figure in Italy's Fascist regime. As the family motors south, to Paris, across Nazi Germany - taking in a bus tour to Dachau concentration camp - and through Mussolini's Italy to Rome, gathering relatives and a stray dog along the way, Julius' mental stability will be put sorely to the test, as will be the sanity of his relatives.

Having lived in Rome for eighteen years, Matthew has grown to know the capital and its citizens well, and his insightful and humorous account connects everything he has learned about the city with these extraordinary months, revealing the Romans through the prism of the coronavirus.

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Born in London, Matthew Kneale has lived in Rome for almost two decades and is proud to consider himself an honorary Roman. His publications include...

Whore Banquets (novel) 1987, republished as Mr Foreigner 2002. Inside Rose's Kingdom (novel) 1989. Sweet Thames (novel,) 1993. English Passengers (novel) 2000. Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance (short stories) 2005. When we were Romans(novel) 2007. An Atheist's History of Belief, Understanding our Greatest Invention (non-fiction history) 2013. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings (non-fiction history) 2017. Pilgrims (novel) 2020. The Rome Plague Diaries (short stories) 2021.

Kneale's next publication, The Cameraman will be published in May 2023

update november 13 2020

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