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Caroline Moorehead
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Matthew Stadlen

A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rosellis and the Fight Against Mussolini

Caroline Moorehead Interviewed by Matthew Stadlen

Friday, 13 October 2017

10:30am

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Indian Room

£6 - £12

Bestselling historian and journalist Caroline Moorehead explains how Mussolini terrorised Italy and how one remarkable family, the Rossellis, bravely stood up to the tyranny at enormous personal cost.

Moorehead spent time with surviving members of the Rosselli family and researched letters and diaries never previously translated into English to uncover a story that epitomised the resistance to fascism in Italy. Carlo and Nello Rosselli and their mother Amelia were at the centre of a highly dangerous campaign against Mussolini and fascism in Florence. The family lived in constant fear, the two brothers were murdered, and one daughter was driven to suicide.

Moorehead explains what it was like to live in constant fear, and picks up themes explored in her earlier books about resistance to the Nazis in France, A Train in Winter and the Sunday Times bestseller Village of Secrets. She is also author of biographies of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo, Martha Gellhorn and Lucie de la Tour du Pin and a well-known human rights journalist.

Here she talks to journalist and LBC radio presenter Matthew Stadlen, a former BBC producer who is a regular interviewer for the Daily Telegraph and has interviewed for the BBC.

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Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock