After the Italian Armistice of 1943, Eric Newby escaped from the prison camp in which he’d been held for a year. A local woman named Wanda, her family, and other anti-fascist sympathizers helped him evade the German army by hiding, feeding, and supporting him in the caves and forests of the Apennine mountains. Newby wrote about his experiences as a prisoner of war and meeting his future wife Wanda in his book Love and War in the Apennines, originally published in 1971.
Joining me to talk about Newby’s Love and War is James March, a freelance writer from Birmingham who has written for publications like Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and The Telegraph.
This episode is part of Classic Conversations, a series in which I speak with travel writers about their favorite travel books or travel books they’ve been meaning to read.
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Last Updated on 30 March 2021 by Travel Writing World