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Publication Date
16 April 2015
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Ltd

The Art of Waiting

by Christopher Jory - Find out more about the author



eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘I recommend this book for those who like a story with a big twist’ – Edel’s Book, Beauty, Life Blog

‘A truly breathtaking read, transporting the reader from Leningrad to Venice to the Russian Steppes back to Venice, as we become entwined in the lives of Aldo and Katerina, during the dark days of war’ – Brigitte Colwell, Lovereading

‘A gritty read at times, with a smattering of magical realism, this is a novel which I will be recommending to my friends’ – Jillian McFrederick, Lovereading

‘A moving novel, beautifully written’ – Celia Cohen, Lovereading

‘A powerful book, full of drama, emotion and revenge’ – Lynne Morgan, Lovereading

'A poignant story of youth, love, hate, retribution – and hope' – Country Life

Russia, 1943. A girl from Leningrad, a soldier from Venice, stand together on the edge of wilderness. He is a shadow of a man, trapped behind wire, an enemy in her land. She takes something from her pocket, slips her hand through the wire, and catches her skin on one of the barbs. Up comes a tiny sphere of blood. ‘Have this,’ the man takes the gift – a small crust of bread, a little piece of hope. Its memory will keep him alive on his long journey home.

And when home again, which way will he tip, which sentiment will be strongest? His quiet love for the girl who saved his life, his unfulfilled desire for vengeance, a burning desire to see Fausto Pozzi finally pay the price for the terrible thing that he has done?


Christopher Jory was born in 1968 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He spent his early childhood in Barbados, Venezuela and finally Oxfordshire. He did a degree in English Literature and Philosophy at Leicester University and then worked as an English teacher for the British Council and other organisations in Italy, Spain, Crete, Brazil and Venezuela. He is currently a Publisher at Cambridge University Press. His first book, Lost in the Flames (Troubadour, 2011), was a moving account of RAF Bomber Command airmen and their families.