The Italians at Cleat's corner store

The Italians at Cleat's corner store

THE ITALIANS AT CLEAT’S CORNER STORE

by Jo Riccioni

Scribe, $29.99 pb, 384 pp, 9781922070883

During World War II, billeted Axis POWs were deemed such a threat to the morals of British women that theBritish government enacted legislation proscribing amorous fraternisation. Although these laws were rescinded in the conflict’s aftermath, Jo Riccioni’s début novel demonstrates that the appeal of the foreigner endured, as a family of Italians arrive to disrupt the postwar calm of Leyton, an east London farming community.

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Published in April 2014, no. 360
Alex Cothren

Alex Cothren

Alex Cothren is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University. A previous winner of the Carmel Bird Award for Short Fiction, he has published in Overland, The Molotov Cocktail, The Conversation and Australian Book Review, and he co-edited Westerly’s South Australia Special Issue in 2018.

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