Illegitimate and orphaned, Gian-Luca is brought up by his Italian grandparents in their prosperous salumeria in Old Compton Street, Soho. Here, surrounded by plenty -- by bottles of Chianti in straw petticoats, by pasta and garlic, strings of sausages and jars of dark olives -- he lacks that more important sustenance, of the soul. A stranger in the land of his birth, denied religious identiity and human love, Gian-Luca grows to maturity seeking to resolve a terrible conflict betweeen the needs of his spirit and the demands of the material world. First published in 1926, Adam's Breed won the Prix Femina and the James Tait Black prize. A psychological novel in the tradition of May Sinclair and Dorothy Richardson, it is one of Radclyffe Hall's most interesting works of fiction.