When We Were Romans

When We Were Romans

by Matthew Kneale (Author)


Nine-year-old Lawrence is the man in his family. He watches protectively over his mother and his wilful little sister Jemima. He is the one who keeps things in order, especially when, quite suddenly, his mother decides the three of them must leave their life in England behind. Their destination is Rome, where she lived when she was young, and as they drive through the night in a car filled to bursting, the excitement takes them back to those happier days. For Lawrence, fascinated by stories of popes and emperors, Rome is an adventure. Though short of money, and passed from one to another of his mother's old friends, it seems that little by little their new life is beginning to take shape. But the mystery that brought them to Italy will not quite leave them in peace. "When We Were Romans" is a haunting psychological novel, another masterful work from the author of the prize-winning English Passengers . Powerfully evoking the feelings of childhood - the triumphs, the jealousies, the fears, the possessions, the love - it is most of all the story of Lawrence, of how, with a wisdom well in advance of his years, he strives to keep his family together, as everything he understands is turned upside down.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Edition: Main Market
Publisher: Picador
Published: 01 Jun 2007

ISBN 10: 033043571X
ISBN 13: 9780330435710

Author Bio
Matthew Kneale lives in Rome with his wife and two children. His bestselling novel English Passengers was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the 2000 Whitbread Book of the Year Award . His other awards include the Somerset Maugham Prize (for Mr. Foreigner ) and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for Sweet Thames).