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.'
Lovely...clever, gentle, moving...a really fun read. - Australian Bookseller & Publisher
If this book is chicklit, then it aims for the black-collar, art-working set.Lily is smart and quirky, but she is also an unabashed romantic. Best of all, she even gets to be a Girl's Own action heroine. The Book of Love would make a great romantic comedy film. - The Sunday Age
From the streets of Sydney to Rome, this is an adventurous debut from an Australian author with a knack for turning the minutia of life into something delicious. - Cosmopolitan magazine
This is an impressive debut novel with well-drawn characters, a well-paced plotline and just a touch of glamour. Yes, it's a quirky love story, but the title refers to an ancient and rare volume of erotica. It is this Book of Love that throws Lily and Robbie into the arms of the mafia and other not-so-nice types, and takes them on a wild ride from Sydney to Italy. - The Independent Weekly, Adelaide
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.6 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1