‘A very accomplished novel’ Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin
‘Hard to put this book down’ Sofka Zinovieff
‘An epic, page turning story, of longing and bravery... a must read’ Nadia Marks
Calliope is a young schoolmistress in the village of Molyvos when Hitler’s army invades Greece in 1941. Recruited by the Germans to act as their liaison officer, Calliope’s wartime duties bring her into close contact with Lieutenant Lorenz Umbreit, the Wehrmacht commander. In a fishing village seething with dread and suspicion, their intimacy begins to blossom. But as an active member of the Greek Resistance, how long can their relationship last?
Arrested Song is a sumptuous, sweeping romance, weaving the private and the historic into a vivid tapestry of Greek island life. Spanning over three decades, it chronicles the story of an extraordinary woman and her lifelong struggle against tyranny.