By Alessandro Gallenzi

ISBN: 9781846882449

256 pages

RRP: £6.39£7.99

When Francesco decides to embark on his first trip outside his native Italy, he leaves behind a difficult relationship with his father, the narrow vistas of a small provincial town and the stifling atmosphere of a country he feels has become degraded. All he brings with him are a change of clothes, a map of Europe and the desire to discover new places, new people and, perhaps, a new life. But a chance encounter in Munich takes him off course, on an incredible journey that will see him fall in love in Sweden, lose all his money in Amsterdam, sleep rough in the streets of London, win big in Monte Carlo and get caught up in an international imbroglio.

Born out of the author’s own experiences as a young InterRail traveller, this modern picaresque novel is a celebration of a life of freedom and a Europe without boundaries.

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  • InterRail is delightful, frothy and sweet as a well-sugared cappuccino. It slips down a treat.

    The Scotsman

  • Conveying the wonderful youthful sense of the great possibilities of life all being in front of you, and freshness and openness to … experiences.

    The Regency Magazine

Alessandro Gallenzi

Alessandro Gallenzi is the founder of Alma Books and the successor of John Calder at the helm of Calder Publications. As well as being a literary publisher with twenty years of experience, he is a prize-winning translator, a poet, a playwright and a novelist. He edited John Keats’s Complete Poems for Alma in 2019 and he has recently published a translation of Keats’s Letters (La valle dell’anima) with Adelphi.