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‘A stunning writer and a brilliant transporting experience’ Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women and Animal

‘Sensorial as hell… An ode to funky wine labels, good taste, and true inspiration, Francesca Giacco has penned a stunningly cool and stylish debut’ Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prize winning author of The Sellout

‘If Sally Rooney and Frances Mayes co-wrote a novel in an Airbnb near the Spanish Steps, it might read something like Six Days in Rome David Ebershoff, bestselling author of The Danish Girl

A young artist travels to Rome to heal a broken heart in this visceral, decadent and deeply evocative debut novel.


Emilia arrives in Rome reeling from heartbreak. What was supposed to be a romantic trip has, with the sudden end of her relationship, become a solitary one instead.

Six days alone in Rome lie ahead of her. Six days that will challenge, surprise and renew. She wanders the streets, drinking in the city – music, art, food and history all colouring her experience.

Then she meets John, an American expat living a seemingly idyllic Roman life. As their intimacy deepens – an intriguing connection that gradually reveals the pain they both hold – Emilia starts to see herself anew. Forced to reckon with her complicated past and the choices she’s made in the name of art and love, she finds herself transformed in ways she never expected.