Born in England, I’ve been living in central Italy since 1980. My début novel – LITTLE MONSTERS – was published by Picador in 2008, the same year as a collection of short fiction, entitled THE SCENT OF CINNAMON AND OTHER STORIES (Salt Publishing). Since then I’ve published two novels set in Rome (ANY HUMAN FACE, Picador, and THE VIEW FROM THE TOWER, Exhibit A), a novella (THE SLAVE HOUSE, Kindle Single), and an unreliable memoir (WITH A ZERO AT ITS HEART, The Friday Project), chosen by the Guardian, which described it as “poetic, tender and funny”, as one of its best books of 2014. THE CHILDREN’S HOME, published in 2016 by Scribner in the United States and Aardvark Bureau in the UK, was described by Owen King as “a not-nice sort of fairy tale, where the magic doesn’t sparkle prettily but boils and oozes, where the Prince has a face of tatters, where the children take grown-up revenge on their monsters. It is also, somehow, a searching, empathetic narrative about forgiveness.” The following year, Aardvark Bureau/Gallic Books published TWO DARK TALES, containing two novellas which twin “spectral and social foreboding” (TLS). My most recent novel came out in 2018 in the UK and 2020 in the USA. Published by Gallic Books, it’s called PRODIGAL and has been described by its publisher as “A bold take on the queer coming-of-age story”.
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