A near-fine first UK edition, in the original binding with blue ribbon bookmark. The last 2 pages have a fold to the top corner. In a very good, unclipped dust wrapper, with some light wear to the edges and a small tear to both the top and bottom of the back cover.
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal. The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire - a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.