Vango: Between Sky and Earth
Author: Timothée de Fombelle
Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
Original language: French
Published by: Walker Books, 2014
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.
'A thrilling adventure story…a distinctive and atmospherically cinematic tale.' The Independent on Sunday