The Book Of Love
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Reading Fioretti is like sitting down to eat a plate of deliciously decorated cupcakes - gorgeous to look at, sweet on the tooth, and gone in a second.
Fioretti is a new Australian author who has been "discovered" through a manuscript development partnership between the Queensland Writers Centre and Hachette Australia.
The Book of Love is great fun. It is a romantic comedy with plenty of fabulous dresses and dashing men. A triangle between the luscious Lily who runs an antiquarian bookshop in Sydney, her romantic and business partner Robbie who disappears with a rare and valuable book, and the enigmatic William who is employed to recover the book, sees the three on a journey to Italy where all is resolved in a whirlwind of action, clever lines and frilly underwear. I don't mean to trivialise the book - there may be no surprises in the structure, but is funny, witty and sure to satisfy those who like a really girlie read.
As reviewed by Toni Whitmont in the April 2010 Booktopia Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.
Lily, a queen of style in retro clothes, and Robbie, her boyfriend,
run a second-hand bookshop in Sydney. In a shipment of old books from
Nairobi, Robbie discovers a rare French book of ancient Roman erotica.
With only four copies in existence, and valued at twenty million
dollars, he is determined to sell it despite Lily's suggestion that
they return it to the Italian government.
Days later, William, a dashing Russian employed by a fine arts firm in London to retrieve stolen art works, arrives at the shop. Robbie refuses to hand over the book, and disappears, taking his and Lily's life savings with him. What follows is a funny, witty romantic comedy that takes readers from Sydney to Rome, in a whirlwind of pretty dresses (on Lily), daring actions (by William) and clever dialogue... 'First rule of travel - never walk past a toilet without using it.'