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Amedeo – The True Story of an Italian’s War In Abyssinia

By: Sebastian O’Kelly (551.3/35684)
Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 0-00-655247-1

‘Amedeo Guillet was a young aristocratic cavalry officer who would not give up. In 1941 he led what was to be the last cavalry charge of the war against a battalion of British tanks. When the Italians surrendered, he did not. With a motley band of Eritrean and Arab irregulars, including his gun-slinging Ethiopian paramour, Amedeo fought on…. The politics and passions of the time, the pity and pathos of war, the love and the loss all rise from the pages’ writes Ross Leckie, of The Times

Martin Booth of the Sunday Times writes ‘This is a story that has it all; war and extraordinary courage, excitement and danger in exotic locations in a historical context now almost forgotten, and intense and magical love affair and the pain of separation.’

‘This book lay to rest the Italian reputation for military incompetence and lack of valour. Instead, we can only marvel at the bravery of Amedeo…. Sebastian O’Kelly is to be congratulated on unearthing a remarkable story in a field where one would scarcely have believed there to be any more to add’. Writes Simon Nixon of the Literary Review

June 2007


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