Virginia Baily

Early One Morning

Friday 16th September 2016

Virginia Baily
Early One Morning, Virginia Baily

If you had the opportunity to save a child’s life, would you? And what happens when that child grows up and leaves? Set in Rome in October 1943, Early One Morning focuses on an Italian woman who is planning to escape the German occupation by fleeing to the countryside. When she encounters a young Jewish woman sitting with her son however, she realises she has an opportunity to save the boy and radically alter both their lives. Wonderfully imagined, Virginia Baily’s absorbing and fearless second novel follows Chiara Ravello around Rome and is infused with delightful references to the city’s landmarks, writers and food.

A Waterstones Book of the Month, Early One Morning was adapted into a 10-part drama for BBC Radio 4. Tessa Hadley described it as ‘vividly intelligent, gripping and moving’ whilst The Herald praised ‘Virginia Baily pulls off a triumph with an exquisitely rendered novel that explores how one powerful and unexpected love can change a life for ever.’ Virginia won the McKitterick prize in 2012 for her debut Africa Junction. She is currently working on her third novel.

Virginia will be in conversation with Helen Taylor.