Two-book series… sequel coming soon!

Port of No Return is the first novel in the series, followed by its soon-to-be-released sequel Wanderers No More.

Over two spellbinding novels, follow the saga of the Soforo family as they flee their Italian city of Fiume at the end of World War II and struggle to put their lives back together.

With their house bombed by the Allies and their city taken by neighbouring Yugoslavia, they are left with no choice but to leave their home town.  

However, Italy is in ruins after the war and there are no jobs,  a housing shortage and little hope of rebuilding. The family looks to Australia for a fresh start.

For Martino, the youngest of the sons, he will have to overcome many obstacles as he strives to become a star soccer player in a country not yet ready for the sport with the round ball. His father tells him Australia is where your dreams are possible, but that’s not how it looks from his perspective as he confronts schoolyard bullies, strict Catholic nuns and then experiences a life-threatening accident that could put an end to all his aspirations.

A war-time debt is owing, love is lost and re-found and, amongst the backdrop of a vibrant yet seedy Kings Cross, the past comes back to haunt them all. Don’t miss this series that explores post-war struggles and 1950s’ Australian migrant history in a way that is warm and uplifting – and at times, tragic.

Wanderers No More – out soon! Stay tuned for release date!

What readers said about Port of No Return:

five stars  “Historical fiction at its best” (Goodreads’ reviewer, Aug 2015).

four star “. . . a feel of historical accuracy mixed with immersive storytelling to create a subtly addictive story.” (Goodreads’ reviewer, Sep 2015).

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Melbourne book launch 2016

Up to 70 people attended the official launch of Port of No Return, held on 10 February, 2016, at the Museo Italiano in Melbourne, Australia.

The launch drew many people who could relate to the novel, having either lived through the historic events featured in the book, or having parents or grandparents who did.

They came to share their stories and to show support for a novel highlighting a little known part of history – a part that ultimately resulted in the 1950s’ migration of thousands of Italians.

Thank you for the support of the Museo Italiano for bringing this wonderful group of Italians together and for helping them connect with a novel of family and historical significance.