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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. This book sounds like an emotional read. Even the short quote at the end made me get teary eyed.

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. There are very factual parts of the book, but because of the subject, it’s impossible to not get involved. And Bartali’s attitude is humbling. I hope you have a great week.

  2. This is very interesting, Olga. A brave man as helping the Jews at that time was very dangerous. I used to cycle and compete in races. I was obviously not a top cyclist but I was quite good for a novice so I know a bit about the sport. The long races are quite grueling.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I didn’t know about your cycling, although I know from your blog that you are no quitter. My father didn’t mind long distances, and loved climbing, but wasn’t very good when it came to sprints. Yes, long races take a toll and you have to be well-prepared. Bartali had a very slow heart rate, and in fact, although it makes one cringe now, doctors advised him to smoke to make it faster (that was, evidently, before they knew of the risks).
      There was a big net of people working together to help, at the time, but the fact that he could help by taking documents up and down the country, with the excuse of training, was a great help. An amazing man.
      Have a fantastic week, Robbie.

  3. What an amazing man Olga and love that quote which shows how extraordinary he and others who quietly set about helping those in danger were…

    1. Thanks, Sally. Yes, he was an all-around amazing person, not only a sportsman but also a great human being and family man. It is difficult to imagine a time when people would have been so discreet and kept such things in secret for years, these days with such social media frenzy about every little thing. I hope you have a fabulous week.

        1. Have it, have it all! It’s boiling hot here! 😉

          1. 😉

  4. dgkaye says:

    You know this era is my favorite genre Olga! Already added. Thanks for the introduction to what sounds a fascinating book. <3

    1. Yes, Debby. I thought you’d enjoy this one. It reads as if it could have been a great novel, but with the added bonus of the true background and the historical and social background. A very interesting setting and wonderful character. Have a fantastic week.

      1. dgkaye says:

        That’s a big draw for me. I’ve bookmarked as it is still on pre-order til late August. <3

        1. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week. 🙂

          1. dgkaye says:

            You too Olga, thanks 🙂 x

          2. 🙂

  5. How extraordinary, Olga. It sounds very moving. Toni x

    1. Yes. It’s impossible to read it without thinking about all these people and what hardship they went through. And how much they achieved thanks to a handful of determined individuals. Truly inspiring. Thanks, Toni.

  6. You added a great quote, and that made the book instantly appealing. I like to read about WW2, as you know, so will give this book some serious consideraton.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I’m sure you’d enjoy this one, especially if you haven’t read much about Italy during WWII. Bartali sounds like quite a character. I’m sure my father would have got on great with him (and both had considerable noses)!

  7. I love the story of Bartali, speechless after I finished the last paragraph. He’s definitely right about not speaking of his heroic deeds. It’s certainly for His greater glory. Thanks for sharing. This is what we needed the most in this time of crisis, real-life inspiring stories. Gracias!

    1. Thanks, Maria Cristina, you’re right about inspiring stories. ¡Muchas gracias!

  8. I’m sorry to be late, Olga. What an unexpected story. You have me intrigued. Best to Alberto. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, I was surprised as well, and it is a great story. Enjoy the rest of the week. And don’t worry, I know you’re very busy.♥

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