Against the backdrop of a closely knit Italian society, into which Fiammeta Alerani has been born, this work tells the story of her encounter with a visiting Englishman; of their conflict of temperament, tradition and upbringing; of their surrender to each other, and of the diverging loves which are the result of that experience.

Challenge to Venus 2008, Jorge Pinto Books

ISBN-13: 9780980114799

Trade paperback

Challenge to Venus 1989, Ballantine Books

ISBN-13: 9780345358820

Mass-market paperback

Challenge to Venus 1965, Macmillan, London

ISBN-13: 9780333027509