Turi's mother was a beautiful gipsy, but now that she is dead Turi and his father are alone. Although he is a brilliant violin maker, Turi's papa finds it very hard to pay the debts left by his wife's illness, and when Turi tries to help he discovers that the gipsy habit of taking
what one needs is liable to be misunderstood. The future in Hungary seems bleak for both of them, but a letter comes offering Turi's papa a position at Cremona in Italy and, penniless though they are, they decide to set out on foot towards a new life. On the long journey across Hungary, through Yugoslavia, and finally into Italy — without identification papers required at the borders — Turi needs to use his gipsy secrets and skills, and at last they reach the University in Cremona, where together they find a home and happiness. We share their life and difficulties, and learn a lot about a fascinating race of people.
Based on a true incident, this is a book which will appeal to readers of ten and over who like to discover new places and customs.
Turi’s Papa - Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
COVER ILLUSTRATION BY Michael Charlton
First published in the U.S.A. 1968
Published in Great Britain by Victor Gollancz 1969
Published in Puffin Books 1972
My edition 1972