Books, News


Pleased to hear this morning that The Road to Civitella, 1944 – the Captain, The Chaplain and the Massacre has reached the shortlist of four books for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize (Dorchester Literary Festival). Looking forward to visiting Poundbury for the event at the Duchess of Cornwall on 18 July when the… Read More Shortlisted



How nice to find oneself rubbing shoulders with Alan Bennett. On a bookshelf in a bookshop, that is. Copies of my book The Road to Civitella 1944 placed next to Bennett’s Keeping On – Keeping On. I have met the good man at a book signing at Bath Literature Festival a few years’ back, his… Read More Font-astic!


Muriel Spark in Civitella

Literary Links to Tuscany Fascinated to learn that writer and poet Dame Muriel Spark, best known for novels such as Memento Mori (1959), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) and The Girls of Slender Means (1961) lived for the last thirty years of her life  in San Giovanni di Oliveto, a converted presbytery near… Read More Muriel Spark in Civitella