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News about members of the group


The annual international “Festival of Writers” is currently taking place in Florence. All events are free except the movie screening. More details here.


Margaret Moore has a new novel, entitled Broken Chord, out on 14 April. Published by McNidder & Grace, it's a crime thriller in an Italian setting and it is the first in a series. Welcome to investigating magistrate Jacopo Dragonetti...


Claude Nougat's new novel, Gateway to Forever, is available from Amazon as a digital download. It's on special offer for a few days, so hurry!

Meanwhile, Rosanna Cirigliano, who lives and writes in Florence, has brought the Literature without Borders book festival to our attention. It takes place in Pisa from November 7 - 9 and is very worth visiting. Also, the website of Magenta Publishers, the English language publishing house that she runs, has had a recent makeover. Have a look at what they offer.


Michelle Lovric’s new book, The True & Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters is published on July 5th by Bloomsbury. The publishers have created a Pinterest board about long hair and literature. We wish her all the best!


The Art of Writing, Lisa Clifford's writers' retreat is offering an original course this autumn. TASTE EVERY WORD is not a cooking course but rather a course in how you convey food in all forms of writing and it'll run from 31 August to 6 September.




Lisa Clifford has a new book out with Penguin Australia - an honest look at Naples, with photographs by Carla Coulson. Through Carla’s intimate portraits and stunning atmospheric shots coupled with Lisa’s touching and honest reportage, Naples A Way of Love takes us away from the tourist trap and into the heart and soul of the city, a mystical paradise of hidden cobblestoned alleyways, shrines to the saints, ancient crypts filled with skulls, street art, fishermen’s quarters, and some of the most breath taking architecture in the world.

Read more about the writing of the book in our February diary entry.


Mary Jane Cryan will be presenting her new book Etruria, Storie & Segreti:

venerdi 7 febbraio, ore 17, Prefettura di Viterbo, Piazza del Plebiscito, Viterbo

sabato 15 febbraio, ore 16:30, Libreria Libroteca, davanti al Duomo, Civita Castellana

a marzo... data ancora da decidere Fondazione Besso, Largo Argentina, Roma

Disponibile da Etruria Editions Via Cassia 88 , Vetralla tel. 0761-485008 o nei seguenti punti vendita:

a Vetralla - Libri di Natura, Via Cassia interna

a Viterbo - Museo del Colle, Museo dei Facchini di Santa Rosa, Promotuscia, Libreria Salici,

a Roma - Anglo American bookshop, via della Vite e Libreria Prati , Via Properzio 18


Laura Graham has more cats out - her new book for children and anyone young at heart is Tuscan Cats go to Elba. It's available on Amazon and in the Italian version in bookshops in Cortona, Firenze and Siena. In June in Cortona there will be an exhibition of the art work for this series of books.


Mary Jane Cryan e' felice di annunciare la pubblicazione del suo nuovo libro, in italiano... which means her new book is out: Etruria, Storie e Segreti. More stories about the area she knows so well... this time in Italian. Here are links for further information:

"In questi giorni stiamo preparando il calendario delle presentazione per 2014."


The indefatigable Michelle Lovric is coming out with her next book in both the US and the UK in June 2014. It's titled The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters, and meanwhile, we've got a look at the cover of the Bloomsbury edition...


Lisa Clifford’s June 2013 Art of Writing Retreat in Tuscany is now fully booked. is Lisa’s one week retreat for emerging and established writers. Some English Writers in Italy members will also attend in 2013, to teach, talk and share their writing journeys with retreat attendees from England, Scotland, Australia and America. Held in the second week of every June, English Writers in Italy can announce that the Art of Writing will now be an permanent feature of the annual Tuscan Cultural Calender with two retreats set for 2014!


Michelle Lovric's new children's book The Fate In The Box will be out next month, published by Orion Children's Books. Crocodiles in the Venice lagoon snacking on innocent little kids? You can pre-order on Amazon.


Laura Graham's new Tuscan Cats book is due to be published next month, just in time for Christmas - Tuscan Cats Get Into Mischief. And Tuscan Cats Go To Elba is scheduled for next year.


Conor Fitzgerald's new thriller, the third in the Alec Blume series, is out this month - The Namesake, published by Bloomsbury. Alec Blume is an inspired creation, says the Guardian.


Michelle Lovric’s new novel for children, Talina in the Tower, will be published by Orion Children’s Books on February 2nd


You can find out about Mary Jane Cryan's new book The Irish and English in Italy's Risorgimento here, as well as on the Elegant Etruria website. This Friday, 4 November at 17.00, Mary-Jane is giving a talk about Unknown Tuscia in Viterbo at the Palazzo della Prefettura


Laura Graham's new book for children, A Tale of Two Tuscan Cats, will be published by Brighthouse Publications on 1 October.


Michelle Lovric's novel The Book of Human Skin will be featured on the Channel 4 TV Book Club. Find out more.








Mary Jane Cryan's new book The Irish and English in Italy's Risorgimento has just been published, with presentations last week in Viterbo and Rome. Copies are on sale directly from her website or from Etruria bookshop, Via Cavour, Viterbo and the Anglo American Bookshop, Via della Vite, Rome. You can also hear Mary Jane in an online discussion about Etruria on the Eye on Italy podcast website.


Conor Fitzgerald's latest book in the Alec Blume series, The Fatal Touch, is published this year on both sides of the Atlantic by Bloomsbury. It's out now in the UK and due to come out in the US in July. The first book in the series, The Dogs of Rome (also Bloomsbury, published last year) is now out in Italian translation - I Cani di Roma, published by Ponte alle Grazie.


Laura Graham's book Down a Tuscan Alley is scheduled to be published at the end of this summer by Solstice Publishing.


Il romanzo di Michelle Lovric Il Grimorio di Venezia e’ uscito in italiano – e' da oggi nelle librerie! Cliccare qui per saperne di piu'.

E la sua casa editrice inglese ha anche fatto un video qui.


Michelle Lovric’s new novel for young readers, The Mourning Emporium, is published on October 28th. It is the sequel to her first children’s novel set in Venice, The Undrowned Child, which has just been longlisted for the United Kingdom Literacy Association’s 2011 Children’s Book Awards.


Mary Jane Cryan's new book "Etruria - Travel, History and Itineraries in Central Italy" is published this month. The book is available at top bookshops in Vetralla (Libri di Natura), Viterbo (Etruria, Museo del Duomo, Promotuscia, Libreria del Teatro ) at Villa Lante's Pegaso shop,Tusciadoc at Caprarola and in Rome (Anglo-American) as well as in ebook format from You can find out more about Mary Jane's many activities via her website.


On December 6 Michelle Lovric will be “In Conversazione” with Maxim Jakubowski at the Italian Cultural Institute in London. She is in very exhalted company in this series of literary talks that will run from this September to May 2011, featuring eight writers who have made Italy a focus of their work.


This month Patricia Guy, our intrepid wine writer, will be a judge at
Verona Wine Top - 4 intensive days of tasting the principal wines of
the Veneto: Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino. Then in August she is off to Cape Town to be part of the tasting panel for the Michelangelo International Wine Awards South Africa 2010.


One of our members, Elizabeth Jennings, runs the annual Women's Fiction Festival in Matera. Read her account of the changes that have accompanied her time in Matera, and find out how the Matera book festival was started.


Peter Popham has been commissioned by Random House to write a biography of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. To be delivered next year.


The Wellcome Collection’s next big exhibition is about SKIN, opening June 10. Michelle Lovric will be leading a personal tour of the exhibition on July 28th, and doing a library event there the afternoon of July 3rd, based on her recent novel, The Book of Human Skin. See more about the Wellcome Collection here.

Apart from this, Michelle has also been appointed Royal Literary Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, starting September 2010. Impressive!


Michelle Lovric has been on Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 talking about her new novel The Book of Human Skin. Listen to her interview here.


Simon Mawer's Man Booker shortlisted novel The Glass Room is now out in paperback, published by Abacus. It is also on the shortlist for the brand new Walter Scott Prize for Historical Novels as well as the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.


Michelle Lovric’s fourth novel for adults, The Book of Human Skin, is out this month published by Bloomsbury. Read an extensive interview with Michelle online here and read about the new book here.

Michelle is also due to give the Venice in Peril lecture in June:

Venice in Peril Summer Lecture by Michelle Lovric
with an introduction by John Julius Norwich,
The Royal Geographical Society, 7pm, Tuesday 1 June 2010

The Night Venice Nearly Died
The Conspiracy of Bajamonte Tiepolo 1310–2010


Amidst tumultuous applause (from us, as well) Patricia Guy was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars at the annual Sherlock Holmes Birthday Dinner at the Yale Club in New York City. Here she is, looking proud.







Ah well, The Glass Room didn't win the Man Booker Prize but in the last few days before the announcement it made a late run and became second favourite at the bookie's! However, making the shortlist is pretty good. Details may be found on Simon Mawer's website.


Simon Mawer's latest novel, The Glass Room, has just been included in the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for 2009.

Michelle Lovric's new novel for children, The Undrowned Child, was published by Orion on 2nd June. Go to the website to find out more... and be sure to have the sound turned on!

15/5/2009 Hot news! Patricia Guy has just been awarded a 2009 Riviera Internazionale Prize for distinguished writing on an international level. She'll be at the award ceremony in June. More details to follow...

Elizabeth Jennings and a few others are meeting up in Florence over lunch on either the 25th or the 26th April. Get in touch with Elizabeth if you are interested in joining them.

Michelle Lovric’s fourth novel for adults, The Book of Human Skin, will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2010

A story of unmitigated villainy, Holy Anorexia, quack medicine, murder, love and a very unusual form of bibliomania, it is set in Napoleonic Venice and Peru in the last picaresque days of colonialism. Michelle's first novel for children, The Undrowned Child, will be published by Orion on July 2nd 2009. The book looks like this...


Simon Mawer's new novel The Glass Room is out, published by Little, Brown. It has attracted numerous excellent reviews from the major newspapers and journals. Read them here.


Patricia Guy has won the Singapore leg of the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS 2008 for the best book on matching food and wine. Her book Wine with Asian Food now goes on to face the world at the finals in May 2009. More details at


Greek translation rights to Simon Mawer's latest novel, The Glass Room, have just been sold. This is on top of Portuguese (both Portugal and Brazil), Dutch, Italian and Czech. Find out more here.


Congratulations are due to Alastair McEwen. He has been voted runner up in the 2008 John Florio Prize for Italian translation with his translation of Umberto Eco's Turning Back the Clock. The John Florio Prize is administered by the Society of Authors and is awarded biennially.


The Poetry on the Lake anthology is now out. Main theme: language, esp. in relation to poetry. Details may be found here.


After eleven years of deep suspicion, Miranda Innes and her partner Dan Pearce have decided to get married this summer. Perhaps to mark this, Dan's cartoon, Oscar, the Second Coming, will begin to be serialised from July in an august French literary ezine. It will be visible on Their riad in Marrakech is available for rent. See and


Michelle Lovric’s first children’s novel, The Undrowned Child, will be published by Orion in early 2009, with a sequel in progress for the following year. She will be in conversation with the Italian writer Tiziano Scarpa at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on July 10th, discussing how and why people write about Venice. Find out more on

Prolific wine writer and enthusiastic Sherlockian, Patricia Guy, had three books published last year. Find out all about them here.


Alastair McEwen, translator extraordinaire, had three of his translations from Italian published in 2007, including two of books by Umberto Eco - as well as a translation of the libretto of a popular opera. Details are here.









Harristown Sister, UK edition

The Fate in the Box, Michelle Lovric




Michelle Lovric's new book

Mary Jane Cryan's new book

Laura Graham's new children's book,

published by Brighthouse

Conor Fitzgerald's latest novel
publishes by Bloomsbury.

Jacket of Conor Fitzgerald's novel,
I Cani di Roma, newly
published in Italian translation

Jacket of Michelle Lovric's new
novel, The Mourning Emporium


Jacket of Simon Mawer's new
novel, The Glass Room

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