The Bicycle Thief and the German Wife

“The complexities of 20th century Italian history imaginatively explored through the prism of one family’s story” Georg Grote, Associate Professor, Western European History (emeritus), University College Dublin, Author of The South Tyrol Question, 1866-2010: from National Rage to Regional State

“An absorbing read for anyone interested in Italy’s past or present.” Gerry Mullins, Author of Dublin Nazi no. 1: The Life of Adolf Mahr

“Paul Martin has a well tuned moral compass. He wants to unlock past, not to lock it up. And in the process he writes a cracking story.” Eric Haywood, Associate Professor of Italian Studies (emeritus), University College Dublin

For an update on the English to Italian translation click here

Available from:

  1. The Village Bookshop, Greystones. Co. Wicklow
  2. Dubray Bookshop, Dun Laoghaire, Bray and Grafton St. branches
  3. Eamon’s Bookshop, Sandycove. Co. Dublin
  4. Other selected Irish bookshops to follow
  5. (ebook only)
  6. (papercopy and ebook)
  7. (papercopy and ebook)
  8. Contact Valentina Conti, Affinitá Elettive, or
  9. Order from any bookshop in Italy (qualsiasi libreria in italia)
  10. Contact Paul directly on

Book Events

UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, October 2019. Hosted by Associate Professor Emeritus, Eric Haywood and Associate Professor Ursula Fanning – here

UCD 221019 Eric Hayward

Dalkey Book Festival, June 2019. – click here

Book Launch June 13th The Bicycle Thief and the German Wife

Fano, Italy, April 2019. Hosted by Valentina Foschi, Liceo Nolfi – click here


Ancona, Italy, April 2019. Hosted by Valentina Conti, Managing Partner of Affinitá Elettive and Paolo Marasca, Assessore Culturale of Ancona – click here

Paolo Valentina Paul

The book will be of particular interest to general history readers and also to scuole superiori teachers and students – especially those interested in languages and history. Paul is a regular speaker in the Marche and Ireland on topics of literary, cultural and work importance. See About for more details.

Book description

Extract from the book Introduction – by Eric Haywood, Associate Professor and Head of Italian Studies (emeritus), University College Dublin, Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia

Opening chapter (English)

Primo capitolo (Italiano)