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.
The historical fiction novels, published by Odyssey Books, have been inspired by a true story and historical events.
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In Port of No Return, the family loses everything when their house is bombed by the Allies and their city is 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.
In Wanderers No More, follow Martino, the youngest of the sons, who faces many obstacles in his desire to become a star soccer player. Not the least of his worries, is the fact he finds himself in a country not yet ready for the sport with the round ball. His father tells him Australia is where your dreams can come true, but that’s not how it looks from his perspective as he confronts schoolyard bullies and strict Catholic nuns. Wagging school will have dire consequences, making his dream of being a great soccer player seem even more improbable.
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.
What readers said about Port of No Return:
What readers said about Wanderers No More
“. . .this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I hope Michelle Saftich continues to write novels with heart that celebrate family life and the bond of friendship. If you like immigrant stories, this one is not to be missed.” (Goodreads reviewer, Nov 2017)