Rob Reports: Niccolò Ammaniti @ EdBookFest 2013

Niccolò Ammaniti's event may have been subtitled 'the party's over', but it was really only just beginning when he took to the stage in the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre on Sunday evening, in front of an impressively large gathering. The Italian … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti

In a Nutshell: While this may be the shortest novel that Niccolò Ammaniti has published to date, it's no less powerful than any of his other works of fiction. Containing all of the signature themes that have made Ammaniti the stand out storyteller … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti

*Please note, I've now posted my afterthoughts for Me and You. It's not every day that I'll leapfrog a new arrival to the top of my review pile (especially while I'm reading as a shadow judge for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize), but … [Read more...]

Talking with Niccolo Ammaniti: A day to remember!

Once in a while a day comes along where events are so memorable that the day is marked in your mind for life. It was a day like this for me yesterday when I got to speak live, albeit virtually, to one of my favourite contemporary authors Niccolò … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The Crossroads by Niccolò Ammaniti

If I could sum up Niccolo Ammaniti’s latest novel in one word it would simply be ENGROSSING! From its shocking opening (which instantly imbues the reader with a firm notion of the wayward characteristics of two of the principle characters), to the … [Read more...]

Niccolò Ammaniti: English launch of ‘The Crossroads’ and live Q&A

This coming week is going to be a great week for Niccolò Ammaniti fans as his latest novel The Crossroads, finally enjoys its official English-language launch at a special event at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on Tuesday evening (13th … [Read more...]

Catching up: Some 2nd-hand pre-Christmas reading additions – Part Two

Not happy with my initial haul of 2nd-hand pre-Christmas reading additions (what bibliophile would be? :o)), and pleased that for once all of my Christmas shopping was finished (although that’s more down to my wife’s exceptional organisational skills … [Read more...]

Forethoughts – ‘50 Novels’ #13: I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti

Hey ciao everyone! Come è a tutti? ...Hehehe..Ok enough of my atrocious attempt at trying to speak a different language. Let me assure you that I'm not suddenly turning Italian, because aside from anything else I'm just not good-looking enough :o)). … [Read more...]

Ammaniti and Coetzee: Seeing double?

After announcing the UK launch of Niccolò Ammaniti's The Crossroads earlier tonight, I got to thinking just how much the cover for The Crossroads looks like the cover for Coetzee's 1999 Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace. There's undoubtedly … [Read more...]