The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne

The Road to Urbino

Roma Tearne

The story intrigued me from the start. I found the differing viewpoints really interesting and my sympathies with the various characters grew as I learnt more of their stories. But I was totally unprepared for the shocking event which made this novel truly haunting.


Normally I would wait behind bullet-proof glass for my visitor. But you are no normal visitor. Glancing side-ways at you, I see a thin, tall woman in a trouser suit .... We have shaken hands briefly, a formality that does nothing to reassure me. My hands tremble. As I watch, you pick a small thread from the sleeve of your jacket. It is red like your bag. Red like the colour in the painting.

  • The Swimmer by Roma Tearne
  • The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach
  • Saving Caravaggio by Neil Griffiths

Books with similar mood

Castle of Water

Dane Huckelbridge

The Legacy

Kirsten Tranter

High Risk

Matt Dickinson


Elaine Proctor

Small Wars

Sadie Jones

Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

The Limits of the World

Andrew Raymond Drennan

Of Things Gone Astray

Janina Matthewson

It's Fine By Me

Per Petterson

The Last King of Lydia

Tim Leach

The Silversmith's Wife

Sophia Tobin

Summertime, All the Cats are Bored

Philippe Georget

Foal's Bread

Gillian Mears

The End of Everything

Megan Abbott


Joanna Briscoe

A Town Called Immaculate

Peter Anthony

The Untelling

Tayari Jones

Animal's People

Indra Sinha

The Kites

Romain Gary


Carys Davies

The Silent Boy

Andrew Taylor

The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri


Monique Roffey

Crazy Love

Tom Lennon

Beyond the Blossoming Fields

Junichi Watanabe

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets

Daniel Hahn & Margarita Valencia (eds)

Last Night on Earth

Kevin Maher


Carolina De Robertis


Emily Barr

The Missing

Tim Gautreaux


David Szalay

The House of the Mosque

Kader Abdolah

The Bay of Naples

Alan Clews

Shake Off

Mischa Hiller

The Hidden Heart of Emily Hudson

Melissa Jones

The Last Card

Kolton Lee

Tango for a Torturer

Daniel Chavarria

The Great Stink

Clare Clark


Angeles Mastretta

Dance Real Slow

Michael Grant Jaffe

Turning for Home

Barney Norris

Hunters in the Dark

Lawrence Osborne

All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders

Public Battles, Private Wars

Laura Wilkinson

Night Waking

Sarah Moss

The Invisible Bridge

Julie Orringer


Colm Toibin


Deborah Robertson

A Moth at the Glass

Mogue Doyle