Lilly and the Egg, The
This is a book about art, god, war and sex, and about the battle between the forces of dark and light. Most of all it is a book about love. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, O’Halloran Ford becomes a wealthy, bestselling writer on art history. He is led on a path of discovery that is full of murder and mayhem, during which he finds out the real reasons behind the murder of world-famous Italian film director Pier-Paulo Pasolini and unveils the extraordinary story of the young English Red Cross nurse Lilly Duveen, who was sexually tortured by three top Nazis in the Second World War.
After months of horrendous torture – which ostensibly took place across 120 days, in accordance with the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom – Lilly is rescued by handsome Italian aristocrat Egbert di Santo (Egg to his friends). After the war Egg and Lilly marry, and commission one of the world’s great collections of erotic art – the Lilly Eggs – to commemorate their love affair. Lilly has a special reason for sharing her unique life story with Ford. Her reason is the twist at the end of this epic journey through all the avenues of life. This breathtaking book is based on a true story that book place between 1907 and 2005, and woven beautifully together in the form of a novel.