Alison Love

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Alison Love is a novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Mallingford, published in the UK and Germany, was described in The Times as the kind of book that reminds one why people still like reading novels, while her second, Serafina, is set amidst the political intrigues of 13th century Amalfi. Her latest novel, The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom, has been published in the UK, the USA and Germany (as Das Lied, das uns trägt). Alisons short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, and her story Sophie stops the clock was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2013. ...more

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Many thanks for this question. No, neither Antonio nor Olivia are based on real people, although I drew on the stories of a couple of…more
Hi Serena,
Many thanks for this question. No, neither Antonio nor Olivia are based on real people, although I drew on the stories of a couple of singers to create Antonio, like the cabaret singer Hutch and a German-born tenor called Erich Liffmann who was considered an 'enemy alien' in World War II. I also drew on my own experience of working in the theatre to describe the lives of Antonio and Olivia, especially how they feel when they're performing. Hope you're enjoying the book!
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