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In Exile (Paperback)

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'No one in this city has believed in me for two thousand years. I'm unknown and unloved. And I'm very, very ill.' He sighed, and the sound chilled her blood. 'Give me your hand.'



Dionysus, god of wine and divine ecstasy, is reborn in modern Rome. He doesn't understand how or why he's come to be here - a pagan god in a city where he has no believers. But when he meets fifteen-year-old Grace during a chance encounter in the Ghetto, he realises he has found his first new follower.



This is the beginning of Grace's secret life, as she and her friends overcome scepticism and fear to become his worshippers, drinking his wine and taking part in bacchanals across the city. As the melancholy god lives out his exile, his teenage followers find they have everything to lose. And after the first bloodshed, they know that there's no turning back...

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Unbound Publication Date: 24/01/2019 ISBN-13: 9781789650068  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alexandra Turney grew up in London and studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. She lives in Rome, where she works as an English teacher and freelance writer. Her specialities include helping Italians to understand the present perfect and writing about alternative tourist attractions in Rome. Almost all of her writing, both fictional and non-fictional, is related to Italy in some way, and has appeared in the Huffington Post, Go Nomad, L'Italo-Americano, Panoram Italia and Urban Travel Blog. In Exile is her second novel, dreamt up on the metro - "What would happen if Dionysus were re-born in a 20th century Rome where no one believed in him?" Inspired by Euripides' The Bacchae, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and an obscure 19th century sub-genre of "Greek gods in exile" stories, In Exile tells the story of a melancholy Dionysus and his three teenage followers in Rome. Alexandra has always been interested in the theme of exile, and the feeling of living in the wrong place or time. Passions for 19th century literature and post-punk/new wave music of the 1980s mean that she was born at least a couple of decades (if not centuries) too late. She is currently halfway through writing her third novel, The Living Cult, set in a Purgatory based on Naples. Alexandra writes about life in Rome and Italian culture on her blog, Go Thou to Rome. You can also follow her on Instagram.

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