Italian Writers of London at the Italian Bookshop


The London Book Fair has been the occasion to celebrate all the Italian writers living in London. Bookseller Ornella Tarantola, manager of the well-known Italian Bookshop in Cecil Court, organized an “aperitivo” to welcome publishers and these authors.

The window of this charming shop had on display the books of these writers who came to meet their readers, to sign copies of their books and to sip a glass of Prosecco in the quiet Cecil Court. The evening started with Ms Ornella reading a message from Luca Bianchini, a well-known writer in Italy who sent his greetings for the shop, that he thinks more a house than a shop for the warmth and kindness of Ornella and her staff.

It has been possible to talk to Marco Niada author of “Il Tempo Breve”, exchange few words with the always very smart Bamboo Hirst whose book “Vado a Shanghai per comprarmi un cappello” has been translated in several languages, to nod to Stefano Tura, journalist and author of “Delitti per le feste”.

Italian Bookshop

During this spring evening Ms Ornella has been the perfect mistress of the house engaging with all the guests attending this event. Other authors present were Massimo Fenati with his “Il Libro d’Amore di Gus & Waldo” a book full of humour, Simonetta Agnello Hornby with her “La Monaca”, Caterina Soffici, author of “Ma le Donne no” recently presented at the Italian Bookshop, and also Enrico Franceschini with his “Londra Babilonia”, Matteo Bernardo Bagnoli author of “Bologna permettendo” and Paolo Nelli with the amusing “Mio marito Francesca”. Among all these authors our editor ( Filippo Baglini) of the magazine ItaloEuropeo was present with his “Passi nel Silenzio”, a collection of poems published in Braille as well.

Italian Bookshop

As usual Ornella Tarantola and her worthy team with Renata, Katiuscia and Matteo has organized a splendid event where Italian culture as been the real star of the evening.