By: Timothee de Fombelle
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9781406354010


A gripping mystery-adventure set in the 1930s interwar period about a character desperately searching for his identity.

Raised by a strange nanny in Sicily, Vango grows up with one friend, a priest Zefiro, who lives in a monastery hidden from sight.

On reaching adulthood, Vango decides to follow in Zefiro’s steps, but at the moment he is taking his holy orders at Notre Dame in Paris, he is falsely accused of a crime and has to go on the run.

This is a breathless and highly cinematic story that follows Vango travelling by Zeppelin across Europe from Stromboli to Nazi Germany, from Scotland to the Soviet Union, climbing the rooftops of Paris, crossing the paths of arms traffickers, crooked policemen, Russian spies and even Stalin.


This is a fast paced story about one young man’s quest to find his true belonging and his real identity.

Vango finds himself accused of a terrible crime that he did not commit. How will he prove his innocence?

On his quest to clear his name, Vango must try to first find out who he really is and how he came to be in Sicily, and what links his past has to his current situation.

The characters of this book are intricately entwined and we are taken on a journey through 1930’s Europe as Vango attempts to find out the truth.

Boys and girls, especially those with a passion for European history and culture, will thoroughly enjoy this book.

This book was included in our October 2013 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Sam