Many dogs are famed for returning home from afar, but only one did so by train.
Late fifties. After his father’s disappearance during a labourers’ revolt, Severino is alone. To avoid being taken to an orphanage, he begins to travel around Italy with Lampo, the dog he released from a farm. The boy is searching for the ‘happiness trains’ he read about in a newspaper clipping. The dog is also searching for something and helps him juggle the schedules like a true railroader.
An adventure in post-war Italy, in search of a home, a family, a place in the world.
Inspired by a true story.
Daniele lives in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont, where he writes everything from novels to cards and messages in bottles. He began telling stories as a boy, whenever he came home late. His debut novel Grande won the Legenda Junior Prize and was shortlisted for the Bancarellino Prize 2018.