A fiercely original, beautifully written, multi-layered tour de force of immense power and humanity, The Volcano tells the tumultuous story of Emilio Aquila, a boy driven mad by love for a woman beyond his reach. His passion turns him into an outcast, forced to live away from his village in the labyrinthine caves high on the slopes of Sicily's Mount Etna.

His determination to right the wrongs dealt to him turns him into a kidnapper and a gangster - and compels him to seek a new life half a world away. But will he be able to escape the shadows of the past? And will Australia ever be more to him than a place of suffering and regret?

An incandescent novel of abduction, passion and torment from the fiery heart of Sicily.

Author

Venero Armanno

Venero Armanno was born in Brisbane of Sicilian parents who arrived there in 1949. Armanno has published in English and speaks Italian and Sicilian. In 1980 he received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Queensland. From 1980-1990 he was employed in the computer industry as an Account Manager.

During those years he travelled extensively throughout Australia, France, Holland, Switzerland and Turkey. He is the author of five critically acclaimed adult novels and a short story collection.

These are The Lonely Hunter, Romeo of the Underworld, My Beautiful Friend, Strange Rain and Firehead. Following successful residencies and speaking tours in Spain, France and Germany, Strange Rain and Firehead have been published internationally and a feature film of Firehead is currently in production.

Venero lives in Brisbane where he is completing a PhD at Queensland University of Technology and reviews books and films in his spare time. Venero has published two previous children's books, The Ghost of Love Street and The Ghost of Deadman's Beach in Lothian's After Dark series. Both these titles were CBCA Notable Books. Nic and Naomi is his first picture book.

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