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The name Cesare Bocci is not a household one in English-speaking countries, but if I were to say Mimì Augello and post a picture of Cesare, many of you would recognise him as the actor who plays Montalbano's deputy.

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La mia Londra by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
La mia Londra
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recommended for: anyone interesteed in Sicilian writers or London
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I've been a fan of Simonetta Agnello Hornby's work since The Almond Picker brought her international fame but "La Mia Londra" is the first of her non-fiction works that I have read.

Simonetta Agnello Hornby is Sicilian by birth but is now a naturalise
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I am not sure what I think about the current fashion for writing historical fiction in the present tense and using conversation to carry the action forward. In English Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel do it superbly, if, in the latter case, rathe ...more
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Recently I'd been thinking about the way in which, since I started to write on my blog about migration in the Mediterranean in 2006, the vocabulary that we use to describe what is happening is changing: for instance,back then, illegal immigrants were ...more
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