To everyone who wished me Happy Birthday last week – many thanks! It was lovely to receive all those good wishes. The virtual celebration of birthdays is a very good thing, I think – we can remind each other that we’re all still out there, and make plans to catch up in the coming weeks […]
Well, it was certainly a January with a difference. For the first time that I can remember, I abandoned my desk for the entire month. The early New Year is normally the time of resolutions as yet unbroken: of planning the perfect, seamless, working routine. Of limiting all those distractions.
After a terrific time at the Pisa Book Festival, I made my way to Livorno by car, in the company of some good friends. It’s a short journey, and there was no time pressure. It was good to relax after the hectic, and thoroughly enjoyable days of the Festival.
Francesca Melandri’s debut novel Eva Dorme was Elle magazine’s book of the year when it was first published in Italian. Now available in English as Eva Sleeps in a handsome edition by Europa, I had the pleasure of reading it recently.