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Pippo and Clara

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A story about family and fate – and how so much of our lives hinges on chance.

A country torn apart by war. Two siblings divided by fate.

Italy, 1938. Mussolini is in power and war is not far away . . .

Clara and Pippo are just children: quiet, thoughtful Clara is the older sister, Pippo the younger brother is forever chatting. The family has only recently arrived in the city
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2021 by Pan Macmillan
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Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

I’m not sure that I can find the words to describe the impact that this book has had on me, it was truly wonderful, but anyway here goes.

Italy 1938, Mussolini is in power, and the Second World War is about to begin. Political tensions between the Fascists and the Communists have mounted in Italy, almost to the point of civil war, and the country will become completely divided because of the political turmoil.

Against this backdrop, Clara and Pippo arrive in an unspecified city, with t
Natalie M
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fate and chance collide in this powerful read. The split-second choices made by Clara and Pippo are the foundation of this novel.

Beginning in 1938, a young mother and her two children move from the countryside to an undisclosed city in Italy. Mussolini's reign is the backdrop and setting, a country torn apart by politics and impending war.

Clara, the older of the siblings is a conscientious, caring sister to the chatty, happy, gregarious Pippo. On their first night in this unfamiliar town, their
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I devoured Pippo & Clara in 2 hours. This book really was a heartbreaker. I loved seeing the way their lives intertwined without them knowing. The constant close calls and meeting mutual friends while not knowing if the other was alive and close really had my heart racing.

My one issue with this book is that it felt a little too fast-paced for me. There were moments where I felt I didn't have enough time with a character before we had moved on, or where I thought we were finally getting some dept
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure how to write this review. It has been such a long time since a book caught me off guard and made me sob like I sobbed. About 11 years to be exact. And I've read some sad stories.
This book tells the tragic story of two siblings, Pippo and Clara. Their Romani father is murdered by those supporting the Nazi regime and the idea of cleansing a nation. In fear, their Mother flees with her children in tow. As the children sleep, she goes out to look for a way in which to support her c
Jennifer Li
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This novel is set in Italy in 1938. Mussolini is in power and WWII is imminent with Hitler rising in power in Germany.

Pippo and Clara wake up to find their mother is missing. Both go in search for her - Clara turns right on the street, and Pippo turns left. This choice determines their lives forever and they find themselves lost to each other on opposing sides of the revolution between communism and fascism, and then ultimately opposite sides of WWII.

Despite their separation their bond is strong
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
I am writing this review with a tear in my eye not least of all because I’ve finished the story. It was love at first sight with this book, I loved the cover and the name of the book just felt right, and I was right to feel this way as this book is beautiful. When this book is released I will buy a copy just to have it on my bookshelf and to one day read it again. This book is beautiful, charming, sad, full of hope and just perfect. The story is told in such a beautiful way that although it is s ...more
Elite Group
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A moving and fateful story about the impact of chance, the futility of war and the bond of family.

In 1938 Italy, siblings Clara and Pippo arrive with their Mama in the middle of the night at a small apartment in a strange city, which she promises they will make their new home. Mama then heads out to find work but is gone when the morning comes. When Clara wakes up, she heads out to search for her, deciding spontaneously to turn right when she steps out of their apartment. Pippo then wakes up lat
Harmony Kent
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan for a free ARC of this book.

Diana Rosie is a new author to me, and I wasn't sure what to expect. This book left me pleasantly surprised.

The story is narrated, so that you are told of rather than shown events. Usually, this would put me off, but in this case it was done well enough to pull me in and engross me regardless. Parts of the writing seem unpolished, with extraneous wording, frequent use of split-infinitives, and the like, but--again--this didn'
Jessica Gilmore
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started Pippo and Clara but was instantly captivated by this moving story. It's told, rather than shown (like someone telling you a story rather than immersing yourself in the tale) which I can find offputting, but in this case the writing and plot were so good I didn't notice after my initial hesitation.

The book is set in 1930s/40s Italy and written from two points of view, the titular Pippo and Clara. They are still young children, seven and ten, when
Tilly Fitzgerald
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Anyone in need of a good cry, please may I point you in the direction of this beautiful book?

To call this an emotive read would be a total understatement - there were moments that completely shattered me. Pippo and Clara are such incredible young characters and from the moment they went their separate ways after their mother disappears I felt such a sense of foreboding and concern for them.

This is a story full of tragedy - of an Italy destroyed by politics and war, and the people brave enough
Rums The Reader
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was sent an early copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, a big thank you to Pan Macmillan for the invite*

Pippo and Clara was such a touching book, while fictional one can imagine that situations and events in the story ring true to the reality faced by so many individuals during the Second World War and it's utterly devastating. The novel follows Clara and her younger brother Pippo as they are separated by a tragic twist of fate and follows them in the intervening
Kate Southey
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable and quick read telling the story of two children but also, Italy at war which is a perspective rarely seen in WWII novels. I am torn here because I liked that it was a quick and easy read but a huge part of me while I was reading was looking for greater depth and historical and political context. Well you can’t have it all and this novel has inspired me to read more widely around Italy’s alliance and then occupation by Nazi Germany.
Rosie’s skill lies in her characterisatio
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This book hooked me in from the very start. The tale of a Roma family, ripped apart by the racism in Mussolini’s Italy in the lead up to the Second World War. Newly arrived in an unnamed city, the children, Clara and Pippo are left alone by their mother while she is seeking work, and she never makes it back to their room. Searching separately for her, each child turns in a different direction and meets with the kindness of strangers. Each gets pulled into a different and vastly contrasting world
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I could not put this book down - so so heartbreaking that I just needed to keep reading to find out what happened.

Pippo and Clara are children in Mussolini's Italy - their father is gone, and they're living in poverty with their mother; one day she goes out and doesn't return. Clara wakes, goes to look for her and turns in one direction - when she comes back, Pippo is also gone - he's done the same thing but taken a different turning... and hence a different turning in life for them both.

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Jen Burrows
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pippo and Clara starts with such a simple twist of fate: two siblings, divided by chance. Set against the backdrop of Italy during WW2, their search for each other makes for a compelling and heartbreaking story.

The plot is cleverly woven together, alternating between the two protagonists. The prose is understated and the narration can sometimes feel a little detached, but the characters are so engaging, I was swept up anyway. Diana Rosie explores some sensitive and complex issues, but you never
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pippo and Clara begins in 1938, in Italy. Mussolini is in power and WW2 is imminent. The Fascists have control of the country, but not necessarily the people, and the Italian Communists are fighting back.
Pippo and Clara arrive in the city with their mother after their Romany father is murdered. One morning their mother gets up early to buy food and doesn’t return. Clara goes to look for her, turning right at the entrance to their building; later Pippo awakens and goes to look for his mother and
Vivi Widodo
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story sets in Italy during WW II under Mussolini's occupation.

Waking up in the morning and tried to find her mother, Clara turned right and she met Carolina (Zia) who then took care of her and sent her to school. But that same morning, Pippo woke up and tried to find Clara and his mum, Pippo turned left and he met Donna, who took him under her wing, treated him like her own son. Clara's family is Fascists, Pippo's family is Communists.

Very fascinating and worthwhile read. This book will br
Wendy Neville
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read the last pages of this book with a lump in my throat and that doesn't happen very often. I thought the build up to the meeting of Pippo and Clara was very well managed and coinciding this with the tensions people were experiencing in the final stages of the war was very effective.

I knew very little about the part Italy played in the second world war and felt to get a good understanding of how confused the Italian people were as to which side they should belong. I don't think I would have
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
The story of siblings who by chance are separated and their lives then take entirely different paths
Set in Italy, a refreshing change on the War and totally compelling.
The story of family, love and loss and made me question how I would react in similar circumstances.
This book is narrated and executed so well its easy to read and beautifully written.
Pippo and Clara is emotionally charged yet hopeful and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page.
Published today and definitely worth picking up.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With grateful thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review.
Firstly this is the first book I've read by this OUTSTANDINGLY BRILLIANT author,and it certainly won't be the last.
The story told through the eyes of 7yr old Pippo and 10 yr old Clara is quite outstanding its movingly intriguing I read this book with great gusto I found it totally captivating from beginning to end and have nothing but praise and can't recommend it highly enough.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2021
What a heartbreaking story. I loved this book and I am sure it is one that will stay with me for quite a while. Pippo and Clara are separated by circumstance but never stop hoping for a reunion. The setting of war torn Italy during the Second World War is very well described and the tensions added to the story. It's a quick read and I finished it in a day. With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Claire (Silver Linings and Pages)
Pippo & Clara is a bittersweet story set in Mussolini’s Italy, following the lives of two siblings who become separated, and end up in different families from opposing ideologies. I always like reading of sibling dynamics and the historical context was fascinating. It was an enjoyable read although perhaps a few too many coincidences for me. Thanks to Panmacmillan for the review copy
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable but sobering story especially as it was based on historic events. I liked how the narrative split into several stories which cleverly came together at the end.
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it. Haven’t read much WW2 set in Italy.
Diane Dunn
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Drawn to the historical aspect of this novel in Mussolini led Italy in 1938 I wasn’t disappointed. Written in an unusual way from each child’s point of view, torn apart from their mother and each other. I struggled a little to believe in the initial storyline and felt almost as if I was reading a YA book. Lives were altered in a heartbeat and they were taken in by two families with opposing political views, yet living in the same city and growing up a stones throw from each other with many near- ...more
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Published by Mantle, Pan Macmillan.
WHSmiths Fresh Talent Autumn 2016.
Amazon Rising Stars 2016.
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Diana Rosie has been a tour guide in South America, a designer in Hong Kong, an Olympics volunteer in London and an advertising copywriter all over the place.
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